Philex Mining threatened with raps before int'l courts

Posted at 10/10/12 3:31 PM

MANILA - Around 100 anti-mining activists on Wednesday threatened to file complaints of crimes against humanity against the Aquino administration and Philex Mining Corporation before legitimate international bodies to see justice for so-called victims of a massive mine spill involving one of the biggest mining firms in the country.

The activists are with the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), and Anakpawis Party-list group.

The group trooped to the main office of the Philex Mining Corporation in Pasig City to deliver their message.

"We want to the inform the big bosses of Philex that the mine spill case will soon get the attention of the international community," said Antonio Flores, spokesperson of KMP, in a statement.

Flores said the mine tailings spill at Philex's Padcal mine in the Cordilleras is threatening to contaminate the entire stretch of the Agno river, causing harm to the livelihood of small fisherfolk.

The protesters had a brief confrontation with the guards of Philex after the group approached the company's main gate to air their concerns. The breakout of violence was avoided, however.