Earlier on Monday, around 500 farmers and activists staged protests in Sablayan and San Jose Occidental Mindoro
and in Roxas,Oriental Mindoro against the continued presence of foreign and large-scale mining companies on their island.
Joseph Fabul, San Jose Occidental Mindoro
Mayor Romulo Festin, Manila Bulletin's Rizaldy Comanda, Manila Bulletin's Provincial Editor Nate Barretto and Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company Corporate Affairs Director Richard James poses for a photo op as Comanda (Center) receives the National's Best Agricultural News Story, for his "Kalinga Rice Farmers See Better Days" from during the 9th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards Night in Sofitel Manila last Thursday.
The new fatalities, who all died from drowning, were: Angela Gregrorio, Patricia Gregorio and Elisa Mae Dolfino from Valenzuela City; Reynaldi Frio, Arlene Paz from Sto Domingo, Ilocos Sur; Crisanto Rapusol from Pilar, Winnie Capiles from Mariveles, Bataan; Cj Carlos from Obando, Bulacan; Angel Ignacio from Masantol, Pampanga; and Hazel Arpullos from San Jose Occidental Mindoro