In their Mangyan Declaration, the indigenous peoples of Mindoro hold the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo liable for selling out the country’s natural resources and national patrimony to foreign mining companies.
“The Aquino administration is not immune from accountability as it continues to allow foreign mining companies to plunder our natural resources and violate our national patrimony,” the Mangyan Declaration stated further.
The Mangyans called for a stop to large-scale mining and other development aggression projects. They also demanded the repeal of Mining Act of 1995, Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS). These laws, they said, pave the way for plunder of natural resources in their ancestral land.
“Mining and other projects divide us, like the fingers in our hands. It is only when we clench our fist that we would be able to win against threats to our existence,” Carculan said. (With reports from Angelica de Lara)