[In the news] Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed -RAPPLER.com

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Two senatorial candidates said they would support the repealing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, saying it protects mining companies more than it does Philippine communities.

Leftist leader Neri Colmenares and labor leader Leody de Guzman took this stance in response to a question on how they would reconcile the government’s mining policies and the impacts of climate change to local communities which are aggravated by destructive and irresponsible mining.

They were asked this on Monday, March 4, during the #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum organized by Rappler and Ateneo School of Government.

“My first law would probably be the repeal of the Mining Act because the Mining Act has led to the onslaught of big mining corporations against the environment, against the indigenous peoples, against the country in general,” he said.

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