Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’ order to close several mines and cancel mining contracts was a move long awaited by mining-affected communities.
Tags: large-scale mining
In a dialogue, indigenous peoples and Moro asked Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to shut down destructive large-scale mining.
Environmentalists hope government action against destructive firms will lead towards reorientation of the mining industry.
“We hope that under President Duterte, destructive mining operations will stop because we have felt the bad effects of mining.”
CPA sees these awards as deceptive and a cover up for the worst environmental track record of LCMC and Benguet Corporation.
“These mining companies have the historical records of violating environmental standards.”
“It’s better to die fighting, than to die helplessly.”
Teresita Navacilla, leader of an anti-large-scale mining group, is the fifth activist killed this month.
“The Mines and Geosciences Bureau will play its role in this callousness by further ignoring the impunity of large-scale miners in Mindanao and elsewhere in the Philippines, to perpetuate the lie of peace and economic development in the mining industry.”
“We oppose Apec and its schemes in robbing our country’s natural resources, and essentially its future.”
“This mining conference’s top sponsors are also the leading sponsors of paramilitary groups that have sown terror across the mine-affected communities especially in Mindanao.”