• End destructive mining in Mindanao­­—NDFP


    ZAMBOANGA CITY: The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Wednesday called for an absolute end to destructive mining as it commended Environment Secretary Regina Lopez for her firm stand against open-pit mining in southern Mindanao.

    Efren Aksasato, spokesman for the NDFP in Mindanao, said Lopez even stood against the giant Tampakan copper-gold project in South Cotabato province.

    He noted that Lopez’s announcement to stop mining operations in Tampakan is consistent with the people’s stand in objecting to the “disastrous” open-pit mining project.

    “DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) Secretary Regina Lopez is commendable for her remarkably firm stand against open-pit mining in the country, as well as her decisive asseveration of the Duterte administration’s disapproval of the controversial and environmentally destructive $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project in South Cotabato,” Aksasato said.

    He cited numerous reports of alleged human rights violations raised by indigenous peoples in South Cotabato, especially within their ancestral domain, and accused government soldiers and paramilitary forces as behind these.

    Aksasato said the open-pit mining in South Cotabato approved by the Aquino administration also violated the provincial environment code, which prohibits such mining practice because of the hazards it poses to the environment and safety of the people.

    He added that the previous administration approved on February 2013 the Environment Compliance Certificate of Xstrata-SMI, operator of Tampakan gold mine project, despite massive protests from environmentalists and natives in the province.

    Aside from South Cotabato, open-pit mining was also reported in Zamboanga Peninsula where Canadian miner TVI Resource Development Inc. previously operated inside the Subanen’s ancestral domain at Mount Canatuan in Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte.

    The company is now operating a gold mine in the mountains of Balabag at Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur.

    Aksasato said the communist New People’s Army (NPA) will continue to protect the indigenous peoples and their ancestral domain against destructive and large-scale mining activities in the South.


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    1. The communist front propaganda will seek any opportunity to malign the Soldiers and the government officials by possing as protector of the people because that is their forty! Lies,propaganda and deception to appear as pro people and pro poor but they are the supporters of illegal small scale miners and illegal loggers polluting our creeks,tributary rivers with mercury,cyanide,nitrite acid which they just dispose wantonly and carried by the water downstream. They cut big and small trees to be use as timbers in their dangerous tunnels or cut the trees in the remaining virgin forest in Sierra Madre Mountains,Mt. Apo,Cordillera Ranges, Mindoro,Caraballo and sell it to the furniture shops and lumber traders.The destruction is appalling that if continued our remaining 25% virgin forest and fresh water sources will be totally polluted in 10 years! Just look back what happened in to Nueva Ecija’s last year’s devastating flood. The muddy water came from the upstream small scale miners East-North of Nueva Ecija. Too much greed with out regard to our environment laws and protective regulations is slowly choking our clean sources of fresh water! Let me cite the word of God in the hope that it will convict the small scale miners as well as the big scale miners. Luke 12:15-21New King James Version (NKJV)

      15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness,[a] for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

      16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
      21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” . Matthew 16:26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?.. Dear Savior Jesus.Have mercy on our nation.Protect it from destructive,irresponsible mining activities.