Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Big Rally Against Intex
Somebody handed me a Press Release a while ago from Fr. Edwin Gariguez of the Mangyan Mission of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan and Mr. Jeff Rafa of Alyansa Laban sa Mina or ALAMIN entitled “Biggest Rally Stops Public Hearing for Intex Resources” and here’s its big chop that I want to share:
Pola, Oriental Mindoro (May 14, 2009) – A public hearing for the proposed Mindoro Nickel Project of Intex Resources, Philippines, Inc. planned in Pola, Oriental Mindoro was not able to even start due to the intervention of the Provincial Legal Officer, Atty. Lorabelle M. Tanyag, Vice Governor Estela Alarcon and a crowd of officials from the local government units (LGUs) including the municipal mayors Alfredo Ortega of Victoria Oriental Mindoro, and Godofredo Mintu of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, serving the Cease and Desist Order imposing the mining moratorium of the province together with the environmentalists and priests.
Atty. Tanyag, in her letter addressed to Mr. Julian D. Amador, Director of Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), manifested the Provincial Government’s “non-negotiable and irrevocable opposition against all forms of mining activities,” as provided in the Section 3 of the Provincial Ordinance No. 001-2002. The Cease and Desist Order states that the intended public hearing is considered as an act preparatory to mining activity, and therefore prohibited act under the ordinance.
Representative from Intex Resources tried to disregard the order by defending the legal mandate of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, as prescribed by P.D. 1586, and DENR AO No. 30 Series of 2003, governing the said activity.
However, the LGU representatives, the big crowd that have gathered from different towns, holding anti-mining placards streamers have prevailed. The pro-mining supporters of the project that were already seated waiting for the hearing to start were caught flatfooted by surprise.
The anti-mining delegation came in a caravan of vehicles, deemed by many as the longest ever in the history of the province. The total number of vehicles, according to estimate of Philippine National Police (PNP), numbered to about 200 with almost 7,000 anti-mining people in attendance.
Calling the Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro,-our governor, and legislators, please legislate and enact a province-wide moratorium on all forms of mining so we could issue the same Cease and Desist Order. Just like the one issued by your counterparts in the other half of our beloved island. Please.
So that like Vice-Governor Estela Aceron, we could fearlessly declare: “We are ready to go at all cause to implement and enforce our moratorium ordinance against mining,”. And if our neighbors can, why can’t we?…