SC urged to rule in favor of petitions vs Mining Act
MANILA, Philippines - A group of anti-mining advocates staged a picket at the Supreme Court on Thursday morning, as part of their commemoration of the "Anti-Mining Solidarity Movement."
Under umbrella organization Alyansa Tigil Muna (ATM), the protesters called on the high court to rule in favor of consolidated petitions that seek to have two provisions of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 stricken down as unconstitutional.
The provisions being assailed are Sections 80 and 81, pertaining to government's share in mineral production sharing agreements, and other mineral agreements.
"As the people are mobilizing against pork barrel, another form of plunder has been happening in our country for many years: the plunder of our mineral resources," the group said, in a statement.
The group lamented that government is getting "almost zero to nil" from mining operations.
The group also called on government to hold mining firms liable for "mining tragedies" such as the Marcopper incident in Marinduque.
ATM is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, and the enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill to ensure that our mineral resources "benefit Filipinos, without compromising the environment and the rights of affected communities."