MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Philippines Update

Published by MAC on 2006-07-29

Philippines Update

29th July 2006

Amid new allegations of yet a third spill at the notorious Lafayette mine, a Greenpeace worker has been arrested at gunpoint for independently sampling water near the site.

Chinese investment in mining on Mindanao may receive a boost following a visit by a Chinese trade delegation.

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, after junking with finality a motion for reconsideration filed by the Didipio Earth Savers’ Multi-Purpose Association Inc. (DESAMA).

Nevertheless, LRC - which supported DESAMA in the court action - considers the court's judgment a "victory" because it declared the entry of mining concessionaires onto private property as a form of "taking."

TVI Pacific is talking-up its expansion policy in the Zamboanga region, even as we publish the full declaration of a meeting of community leaders who oppose such an expansion.

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