MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Philippines Update

Published by MAC on 2007-01-25


Philippines update

25th January 2007

The fact-finding report "Mining in the Philippines: Concerns and Conflicts", based on conclusions of a mission led by MP and former UK Minister for Development, Clare Short, was launched in both Manila and London on 25th January. The launch took place in Manila despite one of the report's authors', Catholic priest Fr. Frank Nally, being 'black-listed' and deported from the Philippines.

Concern is mounting over the spread of mining in one of the major areas covered in the report, the Zamboanga peninsula. Around the same time as the report launch,UK-based Anglo American has re-iterated their commitment to exploration in the Philippines.

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