Resist and Destroy Foreign Mining Corporations

Andrea Guerrero
Armando Sumayang Jr. Command, Southwest Negros Guerrilla Front 2, Negros Island
May 15, 2011

Big foreign Mining corporations have no place in Negros island. Land to till and not mines is what is needed by the people in the “kaigangan” , coffee, coconut, sugar, corn and rice land areas.

This is the militant demands of the people in Southwest Negros who were victimized by the giant mines of Maricalum Mining Corporations and Philex Mining Corp and victims of the Oplan Thunderbolt of the former Cory Aquino Regime.

Through the “Pilipinas for Sale” slogan under the Public-Private Partnership Program (4Ps) of the US-Aquino Regime 2 which is deceitful and divisive and under the liberalization program promoting destructive mining, the said areas and people are now open to intensified exploitation by the foreign mining corporations.

According to the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau last November 25, 2010, five (5) mining applications have been approved. These are the Philex Gold Phils., Maricalum Mining Corp.,Selenga Mining Corp. (formerly Colet Mining Corp.), Vulcan Industrial and Mining Corp., San Dominico Minerals and Industrial Corp.that has a total of 10,648 hectares of agricultural land. There are also 12,025 hectares approved for exploration permit which are the Carles and Cauayan Mining Corp to be operated by the Philex Mining Corp, San Dominico Mineral and Industrial Corp and Philex Gold Phils. & Bulawan Mining Corp. These are all in the areas of Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Candoni and Kabankalan City.

Besides these there are nine (9) mines that have pending application that covers 19,468 hectares covering Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Ilog and Bayawan. Another 12 is on the waiting list for exploration permit that covers 38,024 hectares. There are three (3) Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) that cover 75,544 hectares (Eagle Cement, Royal cement Corp and Hinobaan Holdings Inc).

Still not contented of destroying the forests and the environment, there are 29,097 hectares of Offshore Mining that will obtain magnetite in the shorelines and rivers of Sipalay City, Hinobaan and Cauayan.

All in all there are 189,953 hectares or roughly 73% of the total 257,150 hectares land area of Southwest Negros open for mining for the giant foreign corporations.What will happen now to the 450,000 populaton of the south district especially the peasants and the fishermen?

As the greedy public officials jump for joy led by Alvarez, Montilla, Bilbao, Tabujara, Zayco kg Manzano for the entry of these parasitic mining companies, the hungry peasants and fishermen cry as their land and livelihood are being grabbed and eradicated. As the profit-hungry foreign and local mining corporations harvest in abundance gold, copper, silver and fill their coffers with mining incomes the people have to content themselves with “bisul” from the “kaigangan”, face the bullets of the butcher security guards in order to get a piece of scrap iron and some ores to sell in order to buy rice and salt. Worse, they are also victimized by fake buyers of scrap and ores.

The statements of Maranon-Alvarez are tainted with lies that the people want these mining corporations. The statement of Oscar Montilla of Sipalay City that these mines help the people is also untrue. This is a big insult to the morality and wisdom of the peasants and fishermen who were witnesses to the damages created by the mines.

Maybe these public officials forgot the fish kill in Brgy Nauhang, Brgy 2 and 5 in Sipalay City last 1996 because of the intentional release of toxic waste from the tailing ponds of Philex Mining Corp and the epidemic of skin allergies; 1,545 hectares of agricultural land in Brgy San Jose and Gil Montilla in Sipalay City are now useless because of the collapse of the tailings dam of MMC last 1982, 1983 and `1996; the contamination of the rivers of Sipalay and Hinobaan of lead, cadmium, zinc and cyanide (according to DOH) and the death of the Tau-angan River that was made as a toxic garbage dump by MMC, the extinction of the Mantuboy Creek, the high 3.2 acidity of the Sipalay River tributary that is being used by the peasants as a source for irrigation, the denudation of the forest resulting to just 3% remains, 100 persons killed by the security guards of MMC, and the failure to pay of MMC and Philex to their retrenched workers.

Just imagine the more than 158 families in 1400 hectares and the 234 families in 1,976 hectares in Sipalay City and Cauayan’s agricultural area that will lost their means of livelihood because of the mining operations of Philex. More will be affected.

How many times that the NPA was able to talk to the management of these foreign mines and we are are again reminding them that they will have to pay for the damages and destruction they have brought upon the people.

As fighters for the people, the New People’s Army (NPA) is committed to answer the demands of the people to dismantle and boot out these greedy foreign mining corporations. Through our continuous organizing and immersion with masses of the people, we will punish and eradicate these destroyers of our environment and livelihood.

To the local governments of the 6th District, if you are truly for the people, we challenge you to stand up and take steps to fight and banish these mines.

Join and Support the NPA!

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PAMATUKAN, WASAKON DUMULUONG NGA MINAHAN!

Wala sg lugar sa Isla sg Negros ang mga makahalalit nga dalagkung dumuluong nga minahan! Duta nga ulumhan, indi minahan ang kinahanglan sg pumuluyo sa lugar sg kaigangan, kapehan, kalubihan, katubuhan, maisan kg humayan!

Ini ang maisog nga singgitan sg mga pumuluyo sa Southwest Negros nga mga biktima sg mga higanteng minahan sg Maricalum Mining Corp. kg Philex Mining Corp., kg mga biktima man sg O’Plan Thunderbolt sg anay Rehimeng Cory Aquino.

Paagi sa “Pilipinas For Sale” nga islogan sa idalum sg Public-Private Partnership Program sg US-Aquino nga Rehimen2 nga ginapahumot sg iya matiplangon kg panglimos nga 4Ps, ang ginpaidalum sa liberalisasyon nga programa nga industriya sg mina, labi pa nga ginbuksan para sa wala’y kaluoy nga paghimulos todo sg mga dumuluong monopolyong kapitalista.

Suno sa Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau sadtong Nobyembre 25, 2010, may 5 ka minahan ang aprubado na ang aplikasyon. Ini amo ang Philex Gold Phils., Maricalum Mining Corp.,Selenga Mining Corp. (sadto Colet Mining Corp.), Vulcan Industrial and Mining Corp., San Dominico Minerals and Industrial Corp. nga total nga nagasakop sg kapin 10,648 ka ektarya sg dutang agricultural. May 12,025 ektarya man nga aprubado na ang exploration permit nga amo ang Carles and Cauayan Mining Corp (i-operate sg Philex Mining Corp), San Dominico Mineral and Industrial Corp kg Philex Gold Phils. & Bulawan Mining Corp. Ini tanan sa sakop sg Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Candoni kg Kabankalan City.`

Magluwas pa sini, may 9 pa ka minahan ang may pending application nga nagasakop sg kapin 19,468 ektarya sa sakop sg Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Ilog kg Bayawan. May 12 pa gid nga nagahulat sa pag-aprubar sg ila exploration permit nga nagasakop sg 38,024 ektarya. May 3 ka Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) nga nagasakop sg 75,544 ektarya (Eagle Cement, Royal Cement Corp kg Hinoba Holdings Inc.)

Indi pa kuntento sa pagwasak sg kabukiran kg kalasangan, may kapin pa sa 29,097 ektarya nga Offshore Mining nga magakuha sg magnetite sa kabaybayonan kag kasubaan sg Sipalay City, Hinobaan kg Cauayan.

Sa kabilugan, magalab-ot sa kapin 189,953.34 ektarya o mas o menos 73% sg kabilugan nga 257,150 ektarya nga kalaparon sg Southwest Negros ang ginamina kg minahon pa sining mga dalagkung kapitalista. Paano na ang pangabuhian sg masobra 450,000 nga pumuluyo sg distrito ilabe na ang mga mangunguma kg mangingisda?

Samtang nagahugyaw sa kalipay ang mga nagakaladusmo nga mga upisyal sg banwa, sa pagpanguna ni Maranon-Alvarez, Montilla, Bilbao, Tabujara, Zayco kg Manzano sa pagsulod sining parasitiko nga mga kompanya sg minahan, nagatalangison kg nagabalakhuon sa kalisod ang gutom nga mga mangunguma kag mangingisda nga nawad-an kg mawad-an pa sg duta nga pangabuhian. Samtang nagakamasa sa bulawan, pilak kg saway, nagapakabundat sa kabusog ang ini nga hubon sg nagaharing sahi, ang mga pumuluyo nagamantenir bisul sa kaigangan, ginasulay ang kabangis sg bala sg mga berdugong security guards, lamang makakuha sg salsalon nga iskrap kg mga bato para ipakilo, para may ibakal bugas kg asin para sud-an. Malain pa, sila nagakabiktima pa sg mga baldog kg manug-into nga mga manugbakal sg iskrap kg bato.

Isa ka daku nga kabutigan ang ginapahayag sg hubon ni Maranon-Alvarez nga gusto sg pumuluyo ang mina. Subong man ang ginpahayag ni Oscar Montilla sg Sipalay City nga nagabulig ini sa pumuluyo. Daku ini nga insulto sa moralidad kg kaalam sg pumuluyong mangunguma kg mangingisda nga mga nangin saksi sa kahalitan sg mina.

Basi nalipat ini nga mga upisyal sa natabo nga fishkill sa baybayon sg Brgy. Nauhang, Brgy. 2 kg 5, Sipalay City sadtong 1996 bangud sa hungod nga pagbuhang sg makahililo nga tailings pond sg Philex Mining Corp. kg ang pagduging diri sg arikis ; 1,545 ektarya nga dutang agricultural sg Brgy San Jose kg Gil Montilla, Sipalay City ang indi na mapuslan bangud sg pagkolapso sg tailings dam sg MMC sadtong 1982, 1983 kg 1996; pagkakontaminado sa lead, cadmium, zinc kg cyanide sg mga suba sg Sipalay kg Hinobaan (suno sa DOH) kg pagkapatay sg Tau-angan River nga ginhimo talampukan sg makahililo nga basura sg MMC kg pagkapatay man sg Mantuboy Creek kg taas nga acidity nga 3.2, nga tributary sg Sipalay River kg ginakuhaan irigasyon sg mga mangunguma; pagkakalbo sg aton kabukiran nga halos 3% na lang sg forest reserve ang nabilin; masobra 100 ka pumuluyo ang wala’y kaluoy nga ginpamatay sa MMC; kg tubtob subong wala pa mabayran sg husto ang mga ginpahalin nga trabahante sg MMC kg Philex.

Huna-hunaa ang masobra 158 ka bubong sa 1,400 ka ektarya sg duta kg 234 ka bubong sa 1,976 ektarya sa sakop sg Sipalay City kg Cauayan nga dutang agricultural ang mawad-an sg pangabuhian bangud minahon sg Philex Mining Corp.

Sa pila ka beses nga pagpakig-istorya sg NPA sa management sining mga dumuluong nga minahan, nagpaandam kami sa mga kahalitan nga gintuga kg tugahon nila sa pumuluyo kg dapat nila ini sabton.

Bilang hangaway sg pumuluyo, komitido ang New People’s Army (NPA) nga sabton ang ginademanda sg pumuluyo nga bungkagon kg palayason ining mga sakon nga mga dumuluong nga minahan. Paagi sa wala’y pagkahubas nga pag-organisa kg pagpakig-upod sg masa sg pumuluyo, pamatukan kg silutan naton ang mga nagaguba sg aton palibot kg nagahalit sa aton pangabuhian.

Sa mga local nga gobyerno sa 6th District, kun kamo para gid sa pumuluyo, ginahangkat kamo nga magtindog kg maghimo sg tikang agud pamatukan kg palayason ini nga mga minahan.

Mag-upod kag magsuporta sa NPA!