“Mr. Duterte’s order to lift the mining agreement moratorium will be a disaster upon disaster because the Mining Act of 1995 is still in place. We cannot allow this deluge of destructive large-scale mining when communities are still suffering from the converging pandemic and climate crises.”
If we do not fight back, no one will be left to fight for us and the future generations. If we do not push back, the world that sustain our very lives will be pushed to the brink by tyrants and demagogues like Duterte.
The more disturbing issue, however, is the ever-increasing human rights violations and extrajudicial killings of human rights activists who advocate for ordinary people and local communities opposed to large-scale mining operations.
There is an increasing number of commercially operating large-scale mines and mineral reservation areas under Duterte, and in the case filed by environmentalists at the IPT2018, such an expansion in mining activities has come with frequent and increasingly violent attacks against anti-mining activists and environmental defenders.
The recent deluge delivers a chilling warning about the climate crisis. Worse, 9 years after Ondoy, the capital region’s perennial vulnerability to extreme rainfall remains.
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Part of groundwork for tyranny? The Church has historically played a role in the people’s struggle against tyranny and dictatorship.
“As much as you, migrant workers all around the world are dreaming of coming back home with your families, we share with you our dreams, for our right to education, right to self-determination, a democratic government, and a just society.”
‘Duterte’s continuing diatribes against mining oligarchs and other environmental plunderers should lead to the investigation of corporate interests that have benefited from militarization.’
‘Mine companies let workers’ families starve while they rake in huge profits. The workers’ plight has taken a turn for the worse under Martial Law in Mindanao, given its assault on their right to express legitimate demands, form an assembly, and hold strikes.’