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Philippines Update

Published by MAC on 2006-05-26
Source: Mines and Communities

Philippines Update

26th May 2006

The controversy over Lafayette's closed Rapu Rapu mine continues, after Bishop Bastes' Commission releases a highly critical report. Not surprisingly he, the Commission, and the report have come in for heavy criticism from the government, the companies, the Chamber of Mines and ambassadors representing countries whose companies are involved, including Canada. Journalists often fail to recognise that TVI holds a 20% stake in Rapu Rapu, and must therefore share some responsibility for the disaster.

The government is expected to issue its response to the report next week but, from stories planted in the press, its decision already appears to have been made. This week we also highlight the incredibly poor environmental record of the Philippine government, noting that vested interests are at the root. In response to the relentless government pressure for more mining, there are more warnings of violence ahead. Following the Muslim MILF's statemnt last week, it is now the turn of the communist New Peoples Army (NPA).

Finally, we carry reports of resistance to Crew in Mindoro and the continuing struggle against TVI in Zamboanga del Norte.

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