“We have seen our fair share of destruction of lives and ecosystems .... Are these not enough for us to finally say no to mining in the Philippines?"
The groups said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s new mining policy puts the already suffering communities in a much “hell-like” situation.
The diocese launched a campaign demanding the local government to “stand firm in its duty to ensure the safety, convenience, and well-being of its constituents.”
Pro-environment activists call on the government to implement an “emergency moratorium” on large-scale reclamation, mining, and dam projects
The protected landscape that is threatened by mining operations serves as a sanctuary to wildlife, “which many environmental groups have long defended and protected by law.”