Daylien Elejorde stands at the opening of a gold mine she operates with her husband in the Diwalwal area on the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. Hers is one of several mining families 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. The small miners were given notice to evacuate the area by June 5, 2012, or risk being forcibly removed by the military. But Elejorde, a 43-year old Catholic catechist, and the other miners have defiantly refused to leave, and have formed a formal association to demand respect for their rights in the Philippines courts. .