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Capion family massacre ‘worst act of state terrorism’ in mining-affected communities

Juvy Capion, and her children, in a family photo (photo courtesy of Kalikasan).

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, an alliance of grass-roots organizations and NGOs, recently condemned the massacre of the Capion family.  In a press release Kalikasan stated:

[T]he massacre of Juvy Capion and her sons John, 8, and Pops, 13, by elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army was a heinous crime aimed at quelling opposition to the plunder of our Mindanao’s precious mineral resources.

“The massacre of the Capion family is a clear attempt at violently subduing opponents of the Tampakan Mining Project. Instead of addressing the ecological, economic and social impacts of foreign large-scale miners, the Aquino government chose to simply silence the critics that have exposed and opposed these crimes to the environment. Justice must be immediately dispensed for all victims of human rights violations, especially for our environmental defenders,” said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan-PNE.

Capion was a member of the B’laan tribal organization Kalgan that is opposed to the entry and operations of the Xstrata-Sagittarius Mines Inc.’s Tampakan Copper-Gold Project in South Cotabato. Her husband Daguil Capion is a B’laan leader, and their tribe has taken up arms against Xstrata-SMI in their declaration of Pangayaw.

“The B’laan have fought tooth and nail to defend their ancestral lands and right to self-determination from the intrusion of Xstrata-SMI. The government responded by saturating the communities with military personnel that resulted in a steady stream of harassments, militarization and vilification of the mining project’s opponents. Now they have mercilessly killed a pregnant mother with her two children. The 27th IB must be immediately pulled out of the area and sanctioned,” said Leon Dulce, convener of TF-JED.

The green groups called for the permanent cancellation of the Tampakan Project and other mining operations with track records of human rights violations to immediately end the roots of mining-related conflict in the country. They also reiterated calls for the dismantling of all paramilitary groups formed to protect mining investments and other development projects, as well as the junking of the counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan that has been used to cracked down on environmental advocates and other mass activists.



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