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Lita Egot participates in a June 4, 2012, rally of small-scale miners in a protest outside the Mt. Diwata offices of 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 Diwalwal area on the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. Egot, 50, operates with her family a small gold mine in the area, also known as Mt. Diwata. She and the other small miners were given a notice to evacuate the area by June 5 or risk being forcibly removed by the military. They have defiantly refused to leave. .