Nelio Calojou loads a bag of gold ore on his motorcycle outside a small scale mine he operates in the Diwalwal area on the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. Several dozens mining families here are fighting back against plans to displace them by the Philippine Mining Development Corporation, a front company for foreign mining companies that seeks to install a large-scale open pit gold mine in the area, also known as Mt. Diwata. The small miners were given notice to evacuate the area by June 5 or risk being forcibly removed by the military. The miners have defiantly refused to leave, and formed a formal association to demand respect for their rights in the Philippines courts. .