[Press Release] Zambalenos and support group want Paje and Jazareno’s head over mining issues in the province

Zambalenos and support group want Paje and Jazareno’s head
over mining issues in the provincez

Photo by CCOS
Leaders of Concerned Citizen of Sta. Cruz (CCOS) together with Sanlakas troops today in front of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) calling for the resignation of DENR Sec. Ramon Paje and MGB Director Leo Jasareno. The group CCOS consistently oppose the presence of mining operations in the province particularly the mining operations in Sta. Cruz, Zambales where the four mining company owned by DMCI, Zambales Diversified Metals Corp (ZDMC), Benguet Corp Nickel and Mine, Inc. BNMI and Nickel Mining.

According to Dr. Ben Molino a resident of Sta. Cruz and leader of CCOS, “ For nine years we personally experience and suffer from impacts that these large-scale mining operations in our province. It is very clear that we want the mining operation stop, no less than the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Zambales   last December 22, 2015 issued  a resolution recommending to MGB to immediately issue a moratorium in the operation of these mining corporations in the province. And yet Paje and Jasareno didn’t even lift a finger to act on it.”

“And this inaction compelled us to set-up barricades in the past weeks, to stop the hauling trucks of these mining companies who continue to defy the moratorium order. But police authorities break the barricades and arrested eight of our leaders for obstruction of traffic and illegal assembly. Had DENR and MGB acted promptly in our case this will not happened. We call on Paje and Jasareno to side with the people and respect and recognize the SP resolution or leave their post now if they can’t act on it “ Molino added.

During the mass action Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Sec. General of Sanlakas said, “ what is happening in Zambales is a mere reflection of what is happening in all areas of the country where there are mining operations.  These large-scale mining companies continue to profit from their operations while communities suffers the brunt of all the impacts. This is because our current mining law is flawed, the Mining Act of 1995 otherwise known as RA 7942 favor the corporations and not the people. We at Sanlakas firmly believe and advance the call that an immediate moratorium to all mining operations must be implemented not until there is a new law on mining. “

“We urge all Filipinos to unite against the destructive and inhumane practices by large scale-mining corporations against indigent communities, indigenous peoples and the citizen of the country as a whole. We call for a stop of mining not only in Zambales but all over the country,and for the government to provide justice to all affected communities.” Pedrosa concluded.

March 3, 2016


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