These corporations should be penalized for stonewalling the government’s regulations and thus prolonging the suffering of affected communities.
“These mining companies have the historical records of violating environmental standards.”
An anti-mining barricade was dispersed as soon as it was put up in Candelaria, Zambales.
“The situation within the Philippine waters has reached the level of crisis and the fisherfolk are struggling to survive.”
By RONALYN V. OLEA
While the right of indigenous peoples to their ancestral land is recognized by international agreements and conventions, indigenous peoples in the Philippines are relentlessly being driven away by mining, tourism and other so-called development projects. In Zambales alone, more than 70 mining firms are now operating, with some preventing the Aetas from entering what used to be their land.
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat BOTOLAN, the Philippines — What I saw when I went to the Loob Bunga Resettlement Area in Botolan, Zambales, sometime last month was different from what I had expected to see. I had gone to Loob Bunga as one of the speakers for the first Art Camp organized by the…