22 January 2010
The withdrawal follows a campaign by the English Caritas agency CAFOD over allegations of bribery by AMCOR.
As part of its Unearth Justice campaign, CAFOD claimed that local people were kept in the dark about the project which, it said, could lead to soil erosion, landslides, flash floods and pollution that could affect the livelihoods of 65,000 people.
CAFOD has claimed that government officials and AMCOR had offered bribes to gain support for the mine and to silence criticism.
CAFOD is continuing its call for a new consent process before work starts on the mine at Macambol in Davao Oriental province.
More than 6,000 cards, emails and protest letters were sent to BHP Billiton again demonstrating the power of ordinary people to make a difference.