Anti-mining activist dies

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AN Anti-mining activist died on Saturday morning, three days after a failed assassination attempt by two unidentified gunmen in a remote village in Pantukan town Compostella Valley, police reports said.

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Reports reaching the PNP National Operation Center said that Teresita Navacilla, 60, of Brgy. King King in Pantukan town died at a hospital where she was taken after the failed assassination attempt against her Wednesday night.

Police reports said that Navacilla was shot in the head by a lone gunman with a .45 caliber pistol while tending her store in Brgy. King-King. Another suspect stood as look out.

Navacilla was reportedly a Purok chairperson and convenor of Save Pantukan Movement, aside from being a small scale miner that is heavily involved in the campaign against the impending operations of two large mining companies in Pantukan town.

Human rights group Karapatan Southern Mindanao, in a statement, said that Navacilla’s killing was meant to silence her and her campaign against large scale mining in Compostela Valley.

Elements of t Pantukan Municipal Police Station (MPS) are still conducting an investigation to determine the motive and the identity of the gunman.

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