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New mining rules give PHL edge over exploiters of mineral resources

September 13, 2012 ·  , MARC JAYSON CAYABYAB, GMA NEWS September 12, 2012 5:26pm

All mining activities in the Philippines are going to be advantageous to government, an official said Wednesday, citing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the executive order covering the industry. Revenue-sharing is one of the highlights of EO 79 as it tackles income for for government, Leo Jasareno, director of the Bureau of Mines […]


Chinese mining companies launch invasion on Philippine soil

September 4, 2012 ·  , Sunday Examiner, August 2012

MANILA (mabuhay) : “The continual mining operation at relentless speed, day and night, is turning the vast agricultural land into a virtual desert,” a June 14 press release from the National Secretarial for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reads in describing the effect of mining in MacArthur, Leyte, on the […]


BARRICADE VS LEPANTO DEFIES NCIP-LED POLICE Guns versus pine wood, police versus women and children

August 30, 2012 ·  ,

[This article is based on a field trip hosted by the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), which leads the opposition against large scale mining and supports small- scale mining in the Cordillera mountain province.] ON JULY 24, 2012, a composite of about 30 armed policemen and Lepanto Mines security guards led by National Commission on Indigenous […]



August 28, 2012 ·  ,

The protests by children at Kudankulam against the nuclear plant demonstrate the power of peaceful resistance, in contrast to the hardened, anti-people, anti-democratic stance of those in power The ongoing peaceful protest against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP), which began in the early 1980s intensified after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The protests […]


Use of chemical weapons in Syria would be ‘reprehensible’ – UN

July 30, 2012 ·  ,

July 24, 2012: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced concern about the possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict and stressed the need for the international community to keep a close eye on the situation. “It would be reprehensible if anybody in Syria is contemplating use of such weapons of mass destruction, like […]


Philippines: Indigenous Groups Cry Foul On New Mining Executive Order

July 16, 2012 ·  , ATM Press Release. " Groups cry foul on new mining EO". July 11, 2012.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and its member groups gave the thumbs down to the new mining EO of the Aquino administration, stating that it is inadequate, unresponsive and misleading. They said that while Executive Order 79 appears to be addressing the major concerns of communities and civil society organizations, “many of these provisions in the […]


SBMA, Zambales leaders united in plea to Aquino vs coal plant

July 11, 2012 ·  , Gonzaga, Robert. " SBMA, Zambales leaders united in plea to Aquino vs coal plant" June 20, 2012.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Groups opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant in this free port are not losing hope and have turned to President Benigno Aquino for help to stop the project, which is being pushed by one of Mr. Aquino’s best buddies, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras. In statements posted online and sent to […]


Philippine nun 'red-tagged' for work on environmental justice issues

July 9, 2012 ·  , Jeffre, Paul. "Philippine nun 'red-tagged' for work on environmental justice issues"July 6, 2012.

DAVAO, Philippines (CNS) — Environmental activism is a dangerous vocation in the Philippines, but a Catholic nun in Mindanao is defying those who want her to return to her convent and stop raising her voice in defense of creation. Benedictine Sister Stella Matutina works in Mindanao, the most conflictive island in the southern Philippines. Now […]


German group urges probe of abuses near mines

July 6, 2012 ·  , "German group urges probe of abuses near mines", March 19, 2012,

A GERMAN fact-finding group has appealed to President Benigno Aquino to look into alleged mounting human rights abuses near mining communities in the Philippines. The group, headed by Michael Reckordt of the Philippinenbeuro (Philippine Office), told journalists Friday that the presence of government soldiers in mining communities in the Cordilleras and Mindanao are sowing fears […]


Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste

June 28, 2012 ·  , Hvistendahl, Mara. December 13, 2007. " Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste". Retrieved from

The popular conception of nuclear power is straight out of The Simpsons: Springfield abounds with signs of radioactivity, from the strange glow surrounding Mr. Burn’s nuclear power plant workers to Homer’s low sperm count. Then there’s the local superhero, Radioactive Man, who fires beams of “nuclear heat” from his eyes. Nuclear power, many people think, is inseparable from […]

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