Anti-mining campaigners lead bike tour against Ph mining law

Anti-mining campaigners lead bike tour against Ph mining law
“Sikaran! Tadyakan! Mining Act of 1995 Wakasan!”

MANILA — Anti-mining advocates and bikers led a bike tour from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office to the Supreme Court in Manila today to highlight the negative social and environmental impacts of mining and call to repeal the Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942).

This is in relation to the upcoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments on a petition questioning the constitutionality of Sections 80 and 81 of RA 7942 and DENR Adm. Order 2007-12 that establishes the supposed income derived from Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSAs) and Financial and Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAAs) set on June 25.

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina and one of the convenors of “Tao Muna, Hindi Mina!” Campaign said: “We would like to emphasize the need to revisit the current mining regime, present how mining activities have impacted host communities, and let the public judge if the failed promises of development are worth the social and environmental injustices caused by this destructive industry.”

The “Tao Muna-Hindi Mina!” Campaign puts large-scale mining as a major issue that the government should respond to. It reiterates the cry of mining-affected communities for the government to prioritize people and environment over mining.

Incoming Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez also urged the Supreme Court to rule against the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995 and vowed to file the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB), a bill being pushed by SOS-Yamang Bayan Network.

The AMMB would serve to offset the negative impacts of mining on the environment, strengthen stakeholder participation in mining contracts and ensure that local communities and the government have a greater share of mining profits.

“The Supreme Court should listen to the millions of voices that are opposed to the current system of mining in the country. The current mining law has only favored the large mining companies at the expense of indigenous peoples, local governments and communities, and the environment,” Gutierrez said.

SOS-Yamang Bayan Network Coordinator Erwin Quiñones further explained: “The petitions for prohibition and mandamus were filed in March 2008 to defend the lives, dignity, livelihood, land, and environment and rights of mining-affected communities and Indigenous Peoples. We believe that we should not allow this policy to legalize the attack against our land and people. Despite our call to the Supreme Court to immediately resolve the constitutionality of Sections 80 and 81 of the Mining Law, we also question the constitutionality of the law as a whole.”

The groups are united in their call to repeal the current mining law and enactment of a pro-people, pro-environment alternative minerals management bill that will be filed as the Congress opens in July 1.

“We’re hopeful that we can pass an alternative mining bill in the incoming 16th Congress and correct the years of disastrous mining policies that came as a result of the current. Mining Act,” Gutierrez concluded.

Garganera and Quiñones spoke in behalf of communities opposing MPSAs and FTAAs in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino Provinces; and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur. The activity was organized in support of lawyers who will represent the petitioners during the Oral Arguments on June 25—a continuation of the initial hearing last April 16 held in Baguio City.

Twenty-five (25) bikers were sent off from DENR in Visayas Ave to Supreme Court in Padre Faura Manila where they were met by a hundred rallyists. (30)


The SOS-Yamang Bayan Network is a national, multi-sectoral movement composed of individual advocates, mining-affected communities, national peoples’ alliances, environmental organizations and networks, church-based organizations, human rights organizations, national NGOs, sectoral organizations from the indigenous peoples, youth, women, farmers, congressional representatives, leaders and personalities advocating for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the enactment of a new minerals management bill.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, 0927.671.7602, nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Erwin Quiñones, SOS-YB Network Coordinator, 0921.304.4884, erwin.quiñones@lrcksk.org

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PRESS RELEASE
Batas Pagmimina, Pinadyakan!
June 20, 2013

MANILA – Mahigit talumpung (30) siklista ang pumadyak mula Quezon City Memorial Circle at tumungo sa Korte Suprema sa Maynila, para igiit na kailangan ng palitan ang batas sa pagmimina. Naglatag ng kulay berde ang grupo sa mga kalsadang dinaanan nila, dahil naka-suot ng luntiang mga damit ang siklista, na sinamahan pa ng mga naka-motorsiklo at ilang sasakyan na ballot din ng berdeng mga palamuti. Nagkaroon ng maikling paghahatid sa Quezon Memorial Circle na pinangunahan ng bagong kintawan ng AKBAYAN sa Kongreso, na si Congressman-elect Barry Guttierez.

Ang pagpadyak ay tinawag na Sikad-Padyak laban sa Mining Act of 1995. Sikaran! Tadyakan! Mining Act of 1995 Wakasan!

Ginawa ang pagkilos para iparating sa Korte Suprema ang pagtutol ng mga environmentalist sa batas pagmimina o Philippine Mining Act of 1995. Magdadaos ang Kataas-taasang Hukuman ng “Oral Arguments” sa ika-25 ng Hunyo tungkol sa “Constitutionality” ng Philippine Mining Act. Iginiggit ng mga siklista na labag sa Konstitusyon ang batas na ito. Itinuro ng mga nagpo-portesta ang Seksyon 80 at 81 ng batas na syang pumipigil sa gobyerno na kumolekta ng tamang buwis at kita mula sa mga minahan.

Ipinahayag ng mga siklista ang kanilang suporta sa mga organisasyon at ilang local na komunidad na tinututulan ang pagmimina. Ang mga siklista ay galling sa iba\t ibang lugar ng Metro Manila – Valenzuela, Quezon City, Marikina at Maynila. Marami sa kanila ay mga kamag-anak o galling sa mga lugar na merong minahan.

Nakiisa sa pagkilos ang Alyansa Tigil Mina, at ang mga grupo ng “Tao Muna – Hindi Mina.” Ipinahayag ng partylist group na AKBAYAN na isusulong nila ang bagong panukalang-batas sa pagmimina sa pagbubukas ng Kongreso # ============== Sa karagdagang mga detalye o impormasyon: Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0927) 761.76.02, nc@alyansatigilmina.net Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy Advocacy Officer, (0915) 331.33.61, policy@alyansatigilmina.net

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