Campaign against large-scale mining
Open Letter of Bp. Pabillo to Sec. Atienza
On Mining
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 10:57


(Published in Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 24,2009, page 4)

November 24, 2009

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Secretary Lito Atienza:

It was with great joy that we ended our meeting last Wednesday, November 18, 2009, when, after finding out that the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the mining company, Intex Resources, in Mindoro was acquired with grave irregularity – that it was given without the required genuine consultations and endorsements of the affected local government units, as attested by the mayors of the two directly affected towns and the governors and congressmen of the two provinces of Mindoro – you promised to suspend the ECC. We admired then your sense of justice and your commitment to stand by the truth. All the hunger strikers and their supporters happily celebrated a thanksgiving mass outside the DENR compound. But alas, the rejoicing was short-lived when your order came out a couple of hours later! It was just a mere 90-day suspension order. Your letter did not reflect accurately the discussions and agreements of the meeting, among which (1) the recognition of the LGU’s moratorium on mining; (2) the failure of the Intex Resources to conduct genuine consultations in the affected communities; (3) the steadfast refusal of LGUs to allow the entry of the Intex Resources in the area, and (4) the sustained rejection and withholding of consent of the legitimate indigenous people to be affected by the mining operation.

We all felt betrayed. If the ECC was acquired with irregularity, why should it be just suspended for 90 days? Is it not invalid, and being so, must be revoked? Other thoughts then came to my mind. In the said dialogue, in front of two provincial governors, several mayors, congressmen, priests, two bishops,
DENR officials and several Mangyan leaders, you were empathic about your allegiance to the law and your assurance to punish anyone in your office who does not abide by the law. In our spontaneous joy at your declaration of withdrawal of the ECC, we were not able to follow up the name of the person who recommended to you its issuance without the proper procedure. Who had been at fault in issuing the ECC? Is anyone accountable for it?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 16:59
On Mining
Monday, 23 November 2009 10:11


Photos by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)see related article at

Ang pag-unlad ay maituturing na hindi makataong pag-unlad kung ito ay sapilitang isinasalaksak sa lalamunan ng mamamayan.

Ang “Pag-unlad” ay nagiging marahas kung hindi nito isinasaalang-alang ang kagalingan at kapakanan ng mamamayan at nagdudulot ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao habang ito ay ipinatutupad.

Kinukundina ng Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) sa pinakamatinding pakahulugan nito ang desisyon ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa pagbibigay nito ng “Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC)” para sa 11,200 ektarya na “Mindoro Nickel Project” ng Intex Resources, isang Norwegian mining company.

Oktubre 2009 nang ilabas ng Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) na pinamumunuan ng DENR ang nasabing ECC sa kabila ng 25-year moratorium sa malawakang pagmimina na ipinatupad ng pamahalaang pamprobinsiya ng Mindoro Oriental at ito rin ay sa kabila ng kawalan ng sapat na konsultasyon sa mga mamamayan ng Mindoro.

Muli, ipinakita lamang ng DENR ang kamanhiran ng pamahalaan sa mga kapahamakang idinudulot ng malakihang pagmimina at iba pang proyekto na nagtatago sa likod ng pag-unlad sa mga apektadong komunidad.

Sa pagpupumilit nitong akitin at anyayahan ang mga dayuhang nagangapital ay tahasan nitong natraydor at nalabag ang karapatan sa sariling pagpapasya at karapatan sa pakikilahok ng sarili nitong mamamayan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 11:04
Rights Group Commemorate National Indigenous Peoples' Month by Stamping to Stump Large-Scale Mining in the Country
On Mining
Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:23


More than a hundred human rights defenders stamp to stump large scale mining in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) compound in Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

In line with the Commemoration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, civil society organizations and human rights groups led by Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a mission partner of Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) demanded from DENR the immediate moratorium in large-scale mining operations and the repeal of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 amidst grave human rights violations it caused to the Indigenous peoples’ in the country.

“Large-scale mining companies commit human rights violations with impunity.  Life, dignity and Indigenous peoples’ rights are always in peril because of our government’s policy to promote our mining industry as a way of generating revenue,” TFDP expressed with disgust.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2009 11:43
Stop Human Rights Violations in Didipio! Stop Large Scale Mining in the Philippines!
On Mining
Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:05

In commemoration of the National Indigenous People’s month, support groups from the human rights community like the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PHILRIGHTS) and from the anti large scale mining groups denounce all forms of human rights violations against the indigenous peoples brought by large scale mining operations in our country.

We condemn the recent incidents of human rights violation committed by the OceanaGold Philippines Inc. an Australian mining corporation operating in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya. The house of Elmer Lawagan, an Ifugao and a resident of Didipio was burned by unidentified men at 4 AM last October 2, 2009. Lawagan while guarding his house because of the fear of being demolished saw unidentified men together with others wearing OGPI uniforms roaming around his other house. When he approached them he was collared by one of the men and was immediately hit in different parts of the body. He saw the other men holding a 45 caliber and attaching a silencer on it. Fearing for his life he shouted to seek help from his neighbor.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2009 11:43
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