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aquino's mining EO to strengthen, uphold anti-people mining act -- Ilagan
Press Release Posted on July 9th, 2012.
Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan, 0920-9213221
Jang Monte, 0917-4049119
“President Aquino’s issuance of an Executive Order on Mining instead of supporting legislative efforts for the enactment of an Alternative Minerals Management Bill or the People’s Mining Bill, pending in the House of Representatives betrays this government’s intent of upholding and strengthening the destructive and anti-people Philippine Mining Act of 1995.” Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan as President Aquino signed an Executive Order on Mining over the weekend. The EO considers all existing mining contracts, agreements and concessions approved.
“The Mining EO does not intend to change the current expansive spread of mining operations in the country. It does not intend to protect communities or make mining companies liable for the damage that has been inflicted on our resources. The Aquino government’s supposed objective to extract revenue from mining with the new EO is defeated by the fact that our resources have already been plundered to depletion. It has been the Aquino government’s thrust to increase large scale mining operations in the country and we cannot expect the Mining EO to protect and restore mining communities and its environs, or to prioritize the Filipino people over the interests of big mining firms.”
According to Ilagan, President Aquino has long favored the operation of mining multinationals over protests and concerns raised by indigenous peoples and mining communities.
“This is evident in the government’s consent for mining corporations to employ AFP and CAFGU elements to harass and scare off anti-mining activists and the unresolved deaths and extrajudicial killings of environmental advocates,” said Ilagan.
“It seeks solely to extract more minerals for profit with the aid of big multinational mining firms and undermine the will of communities and local governments and indigenous peoples who seek to protect our resources and indigenous lands from plunderers.”#