Tags: Rapu-Rapu Island

“There is no truth to the claims of mining companies that they bring development and progress to the lives of the residents or to the local economy. They call a poisoned sea ‘progress’? They call beaches drying up and mountains levelled ‘progress’? And how could they say that they are helping residents when so many of us are jobless or underemployed? “

An environmental group has accused a mining company of being responsible for the fish kill in Rapu-rapu Island in Albay province, not just once, but twice, last October. Based on the results of its fact-finding mission, the mining company must be permanently closed. The ecological damage, after all, could go beyond Rapu-rapu Island. BY AUBREY…