As the state of the environment under mining worsens, the people’s movement against large-scale and foreign mining will intensify.
“We hope that under President Duterte, destructive mining operations will stop because we have felt the bad effects of mining.”
“All communities in the world will be able to organize, and stop all projects that are against life.”
Environmental groups picketed the office of the Australian large-scale mining corporation as it begins its underground mining in Nueva Vizcaya.
“OceanaGold’s operations should immediately be stopped by DENR to prevent further pollution, and should immediately hold these environmental criminals accountable.” – Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE)
Abuses by mining companies are not new in the Philippines. Destructive mining have, for decades and in tandem with wanton logging and the equally destructive building of dams, destroyed and poisoned whole communities. Mining companies have been shortchanging these communities. Worse, these firms have been using the police, the military and paramilitary units as their security guards, leading to human-rights abuses such as those suffered by the Ifugaos in Nueva Vizcaya.
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“Companies like OceanaGold that violate human rights and destroy the environment have no reason to stay and should not be allowed to operate in our country…” – Clemente G. Bautista Jr., national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.
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