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Philippines Update

Published by MAC on 2007-06-24

Philippines Update

24th June 2007

After many years of arguing that Timuay (tribal leader) Jose 'Boy' Anoy is not a legitimate leader - among other slanders -TVI Pacific has had to change tack and is finally seeking the permission of the genuine Subanon leadership for further exploration on their land. This has led to some interesting admissions - not least what appears to be very qualified apologies for past treatment of the traditionally recognised leaders. Also in a meeting in front of the community, one of the people that TVI have claimed are tribal leaders has had to admit that she is not one, and has paid a fine. Unsurprisingly, given their initial refusal for mining was ignored by the company, the tribal leaders refused their consent for further exploration.

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