January 5, 2012. At least 25 people were killed in an early-morning landslide brought by heavy rains, at a small-scale mining community in Pantukan, Compostela Valley. Despite previous incidents (like a previous landslide in the same town in April 2011 where a dozen miners were killed), small-scale miners continued to operate in these landslide-prone areas. [Philippine Star: History of landslides in Compostela Valley]
[Manila Bulletin: 100 feared dead | Villagers ignored warnings their homes were at risk]
[Philippine Daily Inquirer: Landslide kills 25 in South; dozens missing]
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