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A STEP TOWARDS JUSTICE

Published by MAC on 2001-04-11

A STEP TOWARDS JUSTICE

The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources has declared that there is sufficient basis to revoke the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) of Aglubang Mining Corporation in his April 11 Memorandum to President Gloria M. Arroyo.

The MPSA was good for 25 years and covered  9720 hectares in Mindoro. The area is inside a watershed and includes land being claimed as ancestral domain by the Mangyans. Newly appointed Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez has already instructed the DENR Legal Department to take all the appropriate legal action to implement the said course of action.

Local organisations in Mindoro warn to maintain caution and increase campaign pressure as "We still have to wait because we  believe that CREW-Mindex-Aglubang will give up just like that.  They (the company) have just inagurated a steel bridge and electrification for the mining village last Holy week (2001). The electirifcation project was opened by the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines.

 

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