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Anti-Mining Groups Want Mr Duterte To Cancel OceanaGold’s FTAA

Mining News - Published on Thu, 20 Jun 2019

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Business Mirror reported that Anti-Mining Groups have asked President Duterte to cancel the financial and technical assistance agreement of Australian-Canadian mining firm OceanaGold. Mr Leon Dulce, national coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, one of the national support groups for the Nueva Vizcaya-wide campaign against the foreign mining company, said that “Oceanagold’s destructive big mining has been barricaded by indigenous communities, recently opposed in a unanimous provincial council resolution, and is even currently investigated by nine United Nations special rapporteurs. It is high time for the Duterte government to cancel OceanaGold’s FTAA license and compel the destructive mine to answer for its various rights violations.”

Representatives from various Nueva Vizcaya-based people’s organizations, Kalikasan PNE, Alyansa Tigil Mina, and the Greenthumb Coalition, together with Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Carlos Padilla and CBCP NASSA Secretary Fr Edwin Gariguez raised the call for OceanaGold’s FTAA cancellation before Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu in a dialogue at the DENR Central Office.

Mr Dulce said that “We believe that more than a decade of human-rights violations and other negative impacts against communities and ecosystems in Nueva Vizcaya are a strong basis for denying the mining company’s extension.” Kalikasan-PNE said in 2007, Oxfam Australia came out with a Mining Ombudsman Report narrating how villagers accused OceanaGold of engaging in “harassment and the use of strong-arm tactics to pressure them to accept its plans to develop a large gold and copper mine.”

OceanaGold through its Philippine subsidiary, OceanaGold Philippines, operates the Didipio mine in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. OceanaGold’s 25 year FTAA license is set to expire after 25 years on June 20 2019.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 20 Jun 2019
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