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Social Action-Justice and Peace Desk Diocese of Marbel Stands Firm in Opposing Mining Activities in

Published by MAC on 2004-10-08


Social Action-Justice and Peace Desk Diocese of Marbel Stands Firm in Opposing Mining Activities in Tamapkan

Press Release for Press conference

October 8, 2004, Greenwoods, Koronadal City

Protests Tampakan atThe diocese of Marbel is saddened by the change of heart of the B’laan communities by allowing Tampakan Mining Resources Corp. (TMRC) to conduct mineral exploratory activities in the area, but the diocese remains steadfast in its advocacy and education in opposing the ill-effects of mining to the environment and the community.

The diocese understands and respects the decision of the different Tribal Councils especially in Salnaong. The Salnaong Tribal Council was once a staunch ally of the diocese in opposing the mining exploration of the previous holder of mining rights, the Western Mining Corporation (WMC) which later became the Tampakan Mineral Resources Corp and is now called Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI). The diocese understands that the IP’s in the area have already suffered a great deal from successive harassment because of their previous anti-mining stand.

Be that as it may, the diocese of Marbel holds:

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