[In the news] Under cover of darkness, soldiers deployed to Tampakan mines site -MindaNews.com

Under cover of darkness, soldiers deployed to Tampakan mines site
By Bong S. Sarmiento
January 17, 2013

MindaNewsKORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/16 January) – A large number of soldiers were deployed Tuesday under cover of darkness in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc., which a wanted tribal leader described as a “deployment overkill.”

Daguel Capion said on the phone Wednesday that they saw five military trucks coming from the direction of Kiblawan in Davao del Sur arriving in the mines development site and dispersed in different locations.

“Why are they conducting a full military operation here? The deployment of many soldiers is causing fears among tribal members,” he said in Visayan.

He wondered if the military deployment would be a prelude to the resumption of company activities in the mountains.

Capion said the government troops have broken into smaller teams and have allegedly already gone deeper to the forests to conduct security patrols.

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