Tension rises as farmers assert their right to till in Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental.
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Mining in Negros Occidental, a microcosm of the impact of mining in the whole country
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO and RONALYN V. OLEA
Do mining companies really bring about development? Do they generate sufficient employment to uplift the people from poverty? Do they practice ‘responsible mining,’ as they claim to be doing, to protect the environment? These are the very same questions the International Fact-Finding and Environmental Mission did seek to answer as the team members visited and conducted dialogues in the northern and southern parts of Negros Occidental.
How mining companies reign in Negros Occidental
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO and RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental – Mining companies operating in the southern and northern parts of Negros Occidental wield two weapons to be able to operate with impunity: deception and force. This is what the International Fact-Finding and Environmental Mission (IFFEM) organized by the Asian Peasant…
Who benefits from mining?
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com SIPALAY, Negros Occidental – Mining corporations and the Aquino government always say that mining contributes to the growth of the economy. Contrary to such claim, data from no less than the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which is posted at the website of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, reveals…
In North Negros, deception paved the way for mining
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental – As the fishing boat was nearing the site where Aspac Dredging and Restoration Inc. was believed to be operating, a group of men shooed the fact finding team away. One of them even ran at the edge of the shore trying to drive the…
Foreigners support Filipinos’ fight against destructive mining
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com HINOBA-AN, Negros Occidental – Rahmat Ajiguna has often been mistaken for a Filipino and this Indonesian would just smile whenever someone approaches him and speak in the local language. Rahmat, deputy secretary general of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), is one of the seven foreigners who joined the International Fact-Finding…
Community Health Worker in Negros Survives Slay Attempt
A community health worker in Negros Occidental was wounded when fired upon by unidentified motorcycle-riding men in Barangay Manlacahoc, Sipalay City on Feb. 23. The attack on Ronaldo Capitania came on the heels of the arrest of the 43 health workers in Morong, Rizal, on Feb. 6.
Negros Farmers on Hunger Strike to Oppose Killings, ‘Criminalization of Agrarian Struggle’
By RITCHE T. SALGADO
Farmers and fisherfolk groups in Negros Occidental have been holding protests outside the capitol to denounce the mounting harassments experienced by Negrense farmers and farm workers. They also denounce a series of moves by landlords to file common and trivial offenses against peasants who demand land reform.
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Rights Lawyers Decry Continuous Political Killings
BY AUBREY MAKILAN Bulatlat.com Despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s moves to abolish the death penalty, human rights lawyers noted that extrajudicial and political killings continue contradicting the image of “kindness and compassion” she wants to portray. Arroyo’s position vs. the death penalty, they said, is but a “desperate effort to save her presidency.” Extrajudicial killings Lawyers…
Negros in Cojuangco’s Grips
The Negros vote is one of the most coveted votes for candidates aspiring for president and other national posts. To do that however one must first kiss the hand of the country’s acknowledged powerbroker, Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. whom many say considers Negros Island his own kingdom. By Karl G. Ombion Bulatlat.com/Cobra-ans BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental…