[In the news] Tribal barricade forces Marcventures to shutdown mining operation in Cantilan -MindaNews.com

Tribal barricade forces Marcventures to shutdown mining operation in Cantilan
By Vanessa L. Almeda, MindaNews.com
May 4 2013

MindaNewsCARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/04 May) – Besieged by tribal discontent and a strong Catholic Church-backed anti-mining opposition, Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC) finally decided to temporarily shutdown its operation in Barangay Cabangahan in Cantilan town, Surigao del Sur.

Jegie Pereda, MMDC vice president for operations, confirmed Wednesday the company closed its Cabangahan operations but did not say for how long the suspension will last.

“We cannot enter the area because of the barricade. It is temporary (closure). As of now, we are operating at another area not affected by the barricade,” the official said.

Members of the Manobo tribe have been barricading the road in Barangay Cabangahan leading to the mining operations of MMDC in the past several weeks.

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