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Bosses were not heard, rights and green groups dismayed for non-inclusion of AMMB in PNoy’s list of priority measures
On Mining
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:37

PRESS RELEASE

August 1, 2014

Bosses were not heard, rights and green groups dismayed for non-inclusion of AMMB in PNoy’s list of priority measures

Human Rights and environmental defenders are saddened that the legislation of the proposed Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) that would scrap the Mining Act of 1995 was not included in the priority measures released to media by the Office of the President.

SOS Yamang Bayan, a network of civil society organizations working for the legislation of the AMMB or House Bill No. 984 expressed their dismay over the refusal by President Aquino to heed their call to certify the bill as urgent.

The group launched a campaign last year which called on government to prioritize people above profit.  They intensified the said campaign, dubbed as “Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Isabatas Na!” weeks before the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino on July 28 to try to convince him to certify the AMMB as an urgent measure

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:40
 
Group challenges PNoy to side with victims of human rights abuses and environment destruction and not with the greedy few
On Mining
Friday, 25 July 2014 17:05
Group challenges PNoy to side with victims of human rights abuses and environment destruction and not with the greedy few

Demands Government to prioritize the scrapping of Mining Act of 1995 and the legislation of AMMB as urgent in his SONA

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As part of the week-long pre-SONA campaign expressing their demands for President Benigno Aquino III (“Sa SONA: #DapatTaoMunaHindiMina! #DapatAMMBisabatasNA! Campaign) to Scrap the Mining Act of 1995, rights groups and anti-mining activists staged a pre-SONA creative picket protest in front of Mining Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) compound in North Avenue, Quezon City.

Mimicking a “Placards dance” usually seen in Football games ceremony, the group performed their own to creatively deliver to the government and to the public their demands and to reiterate the state of the peoples’ rights and environment in mining affected communities.

“We strongly demand that the Aquino administration act decisively on the issues of human rights and environment destruction.  We demand government’s respect, protection and fulfillment of our peoples’ rights and protection of our environment from corporate greed and impunity,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of the human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

“Inuuli-ulit po namin ang panawagan sa pamahalaan. Dapat kalikasan at tao ang inuuna hindi ang hungkag na kinikita ng pamahalaan at interes ng mga ganid sa tubo na mga korporasyon sa pagmimina,” Amistad lamented.

 
Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining
On Mining
Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:27

PRESS RELEASE

July 19, 2014

Green activists and rights groups launch campaign asking PNoy to prioritize peoples’ rights and environment over profit from mining

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A week before President Benigno Aquino’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28, rights groups, environmental activists and advocates intensified their call for PNoy to act decisively on what according to them is the root cause of grave abuses on human rights and environment impacted on mining affected communities.

 

They reiterated the need to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and certify as urgent the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

 

The group is holding a nationwide appeal addressing President Aquino, through maximizing all forms of actions, including appeal letter sending, mass actions and social networking site.  They are initiating a simultaneous and nationwide campaign which they dubbed as “Sa SONA: Dapat Tao Muna Hindi Mina! Dapat AMMB Ipasa NA!” a week before the SONA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:34
 
“Kalikasan at tao muna – hindi mina.” Dahil hindi dapat tubo at kita ang inuuna sa pamamahala
On Mining
Monday, 19 May 2014 15:03

“KALIKASAN AT TAO MUNA – HINDI MINA.” DAHIL HINDI DAPAT TUBO AT KITA ANG INUUNA SA PAMAMAHALA

Dear friends,

taomuna_logo_new_smallThe Task Force Detainees of the Philippines is launching a letter barrage campaign for  the 10 point Human Rights Agenda on Mining, endorsed by different human rights, environmental, indigenous peoples and women’s’ groups and which we aim to reach President Benigno Aquino III, the two Houses of Congress and leaders of LGUs.

We would like to invite everyone to join us in this letter sending campaign before the coming State of the Nation Address –SONA of PNoy and the opening of Congress this July 2014. Our objective is for the 10 Human Rights Agenda on Mining to reach PNoy and leaders of our government and register our call to end large scale mining and prioritize the legislation of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill. You may also print out the Appeal Letter for sign-on in your respective areas and submit to TFDP office No. 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City or fax directly to the contact numbers indicated below.

Please send letter to the email addresses of President Aquino and concerned government agencies indicated below.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact TFDP at 4378054 or kindly email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The more letters we will be able to mobilize, the more we effectively register our calls.

 

We are also sending this to media and international partners.

 

SAMPLE LETTER

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 15:07
 
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