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Franco Tito

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Diwalwal

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Background Information

Employment History

Barangay Chairman

Mt. Diwata


Chairman

Barangay Mount Diwata


Governor

Compostela Valley


Web References(133 Total References)


Bulatlat.com

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"But these tunnels do," says Franco Tito, the barangay chairman of Diwalwal.
The sulfur-like smell, he points out, indicates that people are working in the shafts down below, burrowing at the earth, for a shot at what Tito calls "the good life. "People in the outside world oftentimes take what we do here for granted. But as you can see and smell, this is not at all easy," Tito says. In the early days, according to Tito and several miners interviewed for this report, some guy from nowhere would just pop in Diwalwal, start digging and, at the end of the day, easily make thousands of pesos. "If an ex-convict wanted to turn a new leaf," says Tito in Visayan, "Diwalwal was the place." In spite of the violence, which sometimes bordered on the insane (the story goes that a drunk man went home one night; when he found the street much too dark, he lit it up by firing his M-16 rifle into the ground), the people of Diwalwal stuck it out and shrugged the violence off, as though it was part of their daily life that nobody should be worried about. Bulatlat.com


Bulatlat.com

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From 1999 to this year, according to Franco Tito, barangay chairman of Diwalwal, close to a hundred miners and residents have been murdered.
As Tito put it, "smoke can only come from below and below the Australia tunnel is the encroaching Victory tunnel. Because of one such incident, the DENR, in a memorandum dated January 29, 2001, even recommended reprimanding JBMMC for "unsafe acts (emitting smoke from burned rubber) that endanger the lives of the miners working on the upper level." Adding to JBMMC's muscle is the military and the police, which are widely regarded as favoring, if not outrightly working for, JBMMC. The former regional director of the PNP, Chief Supt. Eduardo Matillano, never made secret his contempt toward Tito and the other miners. Brillantes has denied the accusations, even filing libel suits against Tito and the staff of the Sun. "It is already a public knowledge that (Tito) keeps on attacking me as the alleged culprit of the crime which I never committed, and this libelous article indeed seriously tortured me and my family. This could not happen without the willing participation of the reporters and therefore all of them shall be held criminally liable," Brillantes said in his complaint against Tito for alleging that the mayor ordered the most recent smoking.


agonist.org

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Franco Tito has fought small-scale gold diggers like himself for 20 years to keep control of a 100- meter mountain tunnel in the southern Philippines.
Now he's girding for battle against the world's biggest mining companies. ``You can't expect miners like us to give up to overseas investors our only source of livelihood,'' said Tito, 49, the chief of Diwalwal, a gold-rush village of 40,000 people on Mindanao island. ``Miners may again take up arms.''


davaotoday.com

"You can't expect miners like us to give up to overseas investors our only source of livelihood," the report quoted Franco Tito, the chief of Diwalwal, as saying.


www.agonist.org

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Franco Tito has fought small-scale gold diggers like himself for 20 years to keep control of a 100- meter mountain tunnel in the southern Philippines.
Now he's girding for battle against the world's biggest mining companies. "You can't expect miners like us to give up to overseas investors our only source of livelihood," said Tito, 49, the chief of Diwalwal, a gold-rush village of 40,000 people on Mindanao island.


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