A leader of a small-scale miners group complained that Army troops have harassed him to keep him out of a public consultation on open-pit mining operations.
By DAVAO TODAY DAVAO CITY – Three top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be in the city’s Paquibato District on June 12, Independence Day to declare the rural area “peaceful and development ready”. The declaration comes at a time when military and residents aired differing views on the district’s peace and…
Matthew Cua, leader of the Skyeye team contracted by the DENR, said the drones they are using are “not like Predators or Reapers (attack drones)…
‘The DENR’s use of drone is not for protecting the environment, but for defending interests of big mining companies that are guilty of destroying and plundering our environment.’ — Daniel Ibarra, NPA Comval Davao Subregional Command
“No matter how much you trim the statistics of the unemployed, if you don’t grab the problem by its roots, it will still sprout.” — A college grad last year who hopes to find a job
“Even if I have already passed the board exam, it’s not an assurance that I could land a job immediately.” — A graduate of engineering
“We don’t think the killings will stop unless the Aquino government takes necessary steps to punish the killers and masterminds.” — Luis Teodoro, CMFR
“While many thought forming unions is detrimental to workers, genuine unions fight for workers’ rights and against abuses in the workplace.” – union leader
Simultaneous rallies gathered indigenous peoples and environment advocates opposing the entry of large-scale mining companies in Mindanao.
‘A return to the ‘militarized areas’ is also a violation of international human rights instruments – Bishop Felixberto Calang, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and chairperson of Barug Katungod Mindanao.
Army spokesman Capt. Ernest Carolina claims residents were ‘tricked’ into believing promises of the NPAs.