BAGUIO CITY — The Chadli Molinta Command (CMC) and Jennifer Carino Command (JCC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) claimed responsibility over the attacks on facilities with in the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company in Mankayan, Benguet on the late evening of June 7 and early dawn of June 8.
CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur — May 12, the street and the gymnasium in front of the municipal hall are busy at 7:30 in the morning. This would have been normal for a Thursday, the designated market day of Cervantes but not on a Friday. Spread in front of the gymnasium, a tarpaulin backdrop explains the unnatural number of residents massing up at the area. Written in bold and capital letters on top of the scenic Cervantes landscapes are the words – “The united people of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur against mining exploration and mining operation within their hometown”.
BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and Defend Ilocos slammed the Senate’s Commission on Appointments for rejecting Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
CORDON, Isabela — Inilunsad ang regional caravan upang ipahayag ang mariing pagtutol sa dayuhan, malakihan at mapaminsalang minahan sa Cagayan Valley bilang pagdiriwang ng Earth Day. Naganap ito noong ika-21 ng Abril sa Cordon, Isabela, kung saan naroon ang isang malaking minahan sa rehiyon. Pinangunahan ito ng Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Cagayan Valley (Danggayan – CV), ang rehiyonal na pormasyon ng mga magsasaka sa Lambak Cagayan, lokal na tsapter ng Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).
From reef to ridge and for many years, the people of Ilocos suffered from the ill effects of mining. Decades of magnetite extraction along the shorelines caused massive erosion in the Province of La Union and Ilocos Sur. Waste from upland mining operations, especially in the Cordilleras, polluted rivers and streams.
BAGUIO CITY — The Cervantes-Ipateg, Salakniban (CIS) movement, a group of Cervantes folk working for the protection of the environment, expressed gratitude to the Ilocos Sur provincial board for passing a resolution supporting the town’s no to mining stance.
BAGUIO CITY — The Sons and Daughters of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur initiated a petition signing campaign against exploration or mining activities in their hometown.
BAGUIO CITY — The Barangay Captain of Happy Hallow in Baguio City said the indigenous peoples (IP) of Baguio will never allow their ancestral domain nurtured and passed on through generations by their forefathers to be destroyed by mining.
Karyas, One name, Igorote was said to have been a survivor of the Tonglo massacre in Southern Benguet during the war of the native people here to defend their territories against the Spanish colonizers. It is said that he lost six brothers in that punitive raid by the soldiers of the Spanish Crown reinforced by ‘indios’ conscripted from the Spanish conquered lowland areas.
MANKAYAN, Benguet — The House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources conducted an on-site investigation to the sunken areas in Mankayan, and an inspection of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC), 10th February. The visit was part of the ongoing house probe on the impacts of mining in the country, in relation to the proposal to amend or replace the existing mining law.
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