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CHR Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya
On Mining
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 10:49

Sharing the statement released by Chairperson Eta Rosales about the CHR resolution on the human rights abuses filed by residents of Bgy. Didipio against the Oceana Gold Philippines (OGPI) a foreign mining corporation.

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Statement on the Human Rights Situation in
Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya


Today’s press conference is about the human rights situation in Barangay Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. At the center of this case is the mining operations of Oceana Gold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI), a foreign-owned corporation, with which the national government of the Philippines has entered into a Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA). Several residents of Didipio object to the large-scale mining in their area on account of perceived adverse economic and environmental impact that such activity would cause to their community. Majority of the residents in Didipio are indigenous peoples although they are originally from other places and thus cannot directly claim ancestral domain over Didipio.

In June 2008, reports and complaints were filed with the CHR alleging that OGPI had illegally and violently demolished some 187 houses in Didipio. This was allegedly done despite failing to secure writs or special orders of demolition from the court, unaccompanied by the Sheriff, without payment of just compensation, and without providing alternative options for relocation and resettlement. These demolitions were reported to have been attended by unnecessary violence and destruction: residents who resisted and tried to save their homes had been beaten, including their neighbours who helped them; houses had been bulldozed off cliffs and set on fire. It was further alleged that OGPI fenced off large sections of the roads and pathways which community residents have relied upon for the past 30 years to transport produce from their farms to the market. It was also reported that OGPI has set up checkpoints around the Barangay, causing them difficulty in moving about, resulting in the unjust restriction of their social and economic activities. Moreover, it was alleged that the PNP-Regional Mobile Group serves as a “private security force” of OGPI, with their officers being stationed inside the facilities of OGPI.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:58
 
Church and CSOs lead prayer service for slain journalist and envi advocate Doc Gerry
On Mining
Thursday, 03 February 2011 13:44

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Church and CSOs lead prayer service for slain journalist and envi advocate Doc Gerry
Vows to continue struggle against mining in Palawan

Quezon City—The National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) organized a candlelight procession and holy mass concelebrated by Bishops Edgardo Juanich and Broderick Pabillo in honor and memory of Doc Gerry Ortega, yesterday.

Together with environmental groups, church leaders and guests held a prayer service dubbed “Candles for Doc Gerry, Candles for a Peaceful, Mining-free Palawan” at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources head office where the groups proceeded after a procession from NBN Channel 4 Office, in Visayas Avenue.

CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said, “His death has been attributed by many to the retribution by those whom he has challenged in the course of his anti-mining campaign.  May his sacrifice encourage us to do more and work harder for the protection of the environment.”

Doc Gerry was gunned down last January 24 after his morning radio show in Puerto Princesa City.

“We are one with the Filipino people in condemning the brutal killing of Dr. Gerry Ortega, a fellow defender of our environment. Doc Gerry is a crusader who only wanted to protect Palawan’s communities and rich biodiversity, our nation’s ‘last frontier’. We call on the P-Noy administration to put a halt on these dastardly acts and bring justice to our fallen environmental crusaders,” stated Judy Pasimio, executive director of Legal Rights and Natural Resources – Friends of the Earth (LRC-KsK/FoEI).

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 14:06
 
Kick out not only OGPI in Didipio, NV but all large scale mining in the country
On Mining
Saturday, 29 January 2011 10:52

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Photo source: Photo of CHR Chair Eta Rosales: balita.ph, photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.; File Photo: Burned houses in Didipio, NV, Oct 2009  by DUPA

We in the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) laud the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR-P) in its recently released recommendations to the government to withdraw the FTAA issued to the Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) due to its human rights abuses committed against the peoples of Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya. (PDI January 18 issue: article “Aussie mine firm should be kicked out-CHR”)

The resolution was a result of the fact-finding mission conducted by the then CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima in November of 2009.  This was in response to the affected communities request together with other human rights organizations, anti-mining advocates and peoples’ organization from the national and local level after we documented and assisted residents of Didipio victimized by OGPI.

We agree with CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales’ call to kick out OGPI out of the country due to its human rights abuses.  This case along with the situation of other mining affected communities specially indigenous peoples communities around the country are proof that the economic progress that large scale mining promises goes together not only with environmental hazards but also with human rights abuses.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:53
 
Aussie mine firm should be kicked out–CHR
On Mining
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:35

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Aussie mine firm should be kicked out–CHR

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:19:00 01/17/2011

Filed Under: Philippines - Regions, Mining and quarrying

THE COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR) said Australian mining firm Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) should be kicked out of the country for violating the rights of indigenous people in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya.

CHR Chair Loretta Ann “Etta” Rosales said the company, which acquired the Didipio copper-gold mine site in 2006, illegally demolished about 200 houses in the community in 2008 and violated the people’s property rights.

The CHR, in its report, said Oceana’s demolition of houses near its mining site was accompanied by excessive violence and brutality.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:45
 
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