Vertical standing ‘Diamond Snake’ attacks and kills Filipinos near vast unexploited gold mine





Beat this for a story.  I’m in Mindanao a part of the Philippines where outsiders fear to go, believing it a hotbed of Moslem terror.  Some parts are affected by such strife.  Other parts are peaceful enough for foreigners to live for years on end without seeing any trouble at all.

This story is not about any rift between religions, whether that be imaginary or real.  This is about a strange tale affecting some people we know.  In fact they’re here in our house.

They live in an area where illegal logging is taking place, stripping the jungle of valuable hardwoods, and there is a certain amount of gold mining – of the pick and shovel variety.  The corporations have all pulled out, sick of the difficulties in getting licences.  Glencore just spent $500 million trying to bring the vast Tampakan mine on stream, some fifty miles away, but after seven years without getting a licence to open the mine, despite regular assurances, they’ve pulled out.  That leaves a massive amount of gold available for do-it-yourself gold miners using the most basic of equipment.

Whatever it is that’s angered the government, whether it be the logging or the free lance gold mining, there are tales being told of a new threat to these people. A vicious though highly intelligent reptile is attacking them in their homes.

The classmate of the boy lying on our sofa in the living room right now, was killed by one in the first week of March.  The door of their house was knocked. He opened the door and the reptile, standing on its back legs, jumped on him, bit his head and killed him, aged 5.  His mother was also bitten in the head but managed to survive the attack.  She described the reptile as having a diamond shaped head, and locals are talking of the animal as the ‘diamond snake’ as a result.  These attacks have happened to three families so far, and it’s all over the local radio.

The locals are theorising that the snake has been released by the government to curtail the illegal logging and freelance gold mining.  They might well be right, except it won’t be the Philippine government doing that, but the new world government deploying new tactics to control populations in remote areas, if all this true.  As I am speaking to first hand eye-witnesses, it’s  hard story to discount.

I remember seeing snakes standing vertically in Egyptian hieroglyphs and Sumerian tablets wondering why snakes at that time could stand up and act intelligently.  The diamond snake is possibly nothing new – just an animal from another dimension that appears to humans at the appropriate time and place.  It’s just been absent from the environment for a few thousand years.  Are the reptilians planning to make a comeback, and no longer lurk in the background?

Tampakan an extinct volcano visible for miles in all directions, towering over surrounding plain

Or have there been such aggressive and intelligent snakes in existence all along?  They’ve been kept away from our knowing about them through information control.  You also wonder if the ‘snakes’ have driven away Glencore.  A $500 million investment is an awful lot to abandon, unless there’s a very good reason.  Tampakan is said to be the largest untapped gold resource in the world.  When you get two stories together that make little sense from the information provided, it means there’s more to it.

From forum

The Banakon, an alleged cryptid snake native to the Phillipines, popped up in a thread I was reading recently. I had never heard of the Banakon before, so I googled it and found another thread where it was discussed. In that thread the same basic description emerges – the Banakon is supposed to be large, venomous, and highly aggressive. There is speculation that eyewitnesses are just calling a king cobra a “Banakon”, but some of the descriptions don’t appear to match.

But at the end of that thread the poster “McREAD” makes the following post:

I have interviewed eyewitness account of “banakon” from davao provinces. Accordingly, it is one of the fiercest snake known to them. This snake crows like a rooster but with a low frequency voice. Its head has a diamond shaped mark and it had something like two horns on its head. When its territory is threatened, it will chase and attack anyone and will eventually devour its prey. I also heard stories of courageous people entering a secret tunnel entrance but later two of them failed to get back. I tried to find it the existing snake species available on books or in the net but I guess this is undocumented case and proved to be unique only in the philippines.

This is interesting because I read an article recently on “Mystery Reptiles of the Samoan Islands” published in Biofortean Review, linked from the StrangeArk blog. One of the animals described in that article is a snake that allegedly “crows” like a rooster, called the crowing snake. In this passage the author of the article, Chad Arment, cites an account by James Mulligan in 1896 (see article for citation):

There are persons whom I should regard as reliable, who stoutly maintain the existence in these islands of a very large serpent, which gives out a noise somewhat like the crowing of a cock—a serpent which have heard spoken of as a crowing snake. Other persons of long residence speak of it as a myth. A party of laborers at work in a clearing near this town, not long since, were scattered by the appearance of a large serpent, which swung itself from the branch of one tree to that of another. The men united in the assertion that it made a crowing sound, was of enormous size, and moved with great rapidity. I vouch for none of these assertions, but give them for what they are worth; but the existence of the crowing snake is by some held to as firmly in Samoa as it is by others abroad believed to belong in these islands.

Although the Samoan islands are pretty far from the Phillipine islands, the descriptions are very unusual and quite similar. I thought it was worth mentioning the similarities. I think Craig Heinselman visits this site pretty frequently, so Chad Arment and the others from the StrangeArk blog might too. If any of them wind up reading this post please note the similarities between reports of the Banakon and reports of the “crowing snake” of Samoa for your future research.