DIDIPIO, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya – Anti-mining groups with the aid of the local council in this valley surrounded by three mountain ranges have manned a checkpoint round the clock since the expiration of OceanaGold Philippines’ mining permit on June 20 this year. Resident volunteers, mostly indigenous farmers, stand guard in shifts, sleeping during off hours in a spartan building and cooking in an outdoor shed. It is a curious checkpoint, where state security agents exist in peace with activist groups. A big banner with a militant slogan of rejection for the extension of OceanaGold’s Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) flaps in front of a sign announcing a military checkpoint. Less than 50 meters ahead, police in camouflage uniforms and bearing long arms rest beside their patrol vehicle. Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Carlos Padilla, an opponent of mining, sent them to guide a 40-person solidarity mission organized by Kalikasan People’s … [Read more...] about The Avengers of Didipio: Endgame for OceanaGold PH?