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forum on Marinduque Marcopper Mining Disaster Legacy
On Mining
Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:25
The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK) Luzon Regional Office
in cooperation with Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA),
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
and Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)

invite you to forum on Marinduque Marcopper Mining Disaster Legacy

dubbed as

“Marinduque Continuing Quest for Justice”

One of the active cases filed against Marcopper, in the Barangays of Magapua and Bocboc in the municipality of Mogpog, 60 residents currently seek to claim damages from Marcopper Mining, after the Maguila-guila siltation dam broke at the height of a typhoon in 1993, causing a flood of mine tailings and toxic effluent that washed away their fields and homes. Even today, almost 17 years after the disaster, the tailings-laden soil cannot sustain their crops, and contact with the waters of the Mogpog River causes skin lesions and rashes.  The residents filed a civil case against Marcopper Mining in 2001, but this has yet to see resolution. Today more than half of the plaintiffs are in their 50s and one-third are already in their 70s and 80s.

Speakers: 4 Victims from Mogpog, Marinduque (including Rita Muhi Natal),
Atty. Minerva Quintela (lead counsel of the plaintiffs)
Ronald Gregorio of LRC-Luzon and Jaybee Garganera of ATM

on March 24, 2010
1:00 – 3:00 pm

at the

CBCP-NASSA office
Intramuros, Manila
near Manila Cathedral
(tentative venue, to be confirmed by end of the week)

For further details and inquiries please feel free to contact Gerry Arances at 09392415575 or gerry.arances@ lrcksk.org or Nicole Torres at 09062493323 or justine.torres@ lrcksk.org

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