Lie down protest in front of government mining offices, Surigao City, on Earth Day 2013. Photo: Roel N. Catoto, Mindanews
The challenge continues to be made to the constitutionality of the benefit sharing parts of the 1995 Mining Act.  The case has kept issues related to the costs and benefits of mining in the news (particularly in arguments over Xstrata‘s Tampakan project), while the industry has been hitting back.