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Vicklyn Ebanes (second from left), talks with other miners in the Diwalwal area on the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. She and her husband operate a small gold mine, and she is a leader of several similar mining families who 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. Ebanes, 44, is the chairperson of the local Catholic parish council, and was chosen as the association's secretary..