No compromise on mine leak—Aquino

It’s our marching orders–Paje


President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III’s marching orders to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje brooked no argument: Do not compromise on the environment.

Paje said this was the policy laid down by the President as he sought a solution to the mineral waste spill in Benguet province involving the country’s biggest gold and copper producer, Philex Mining Corp.

“His only instruction to me was to implement the law and to make sure there’s no compromise regarding the environment,” Paje told reporters on Tuesday.

Philex was fined P1.034 billion by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for the spills, based on the bulk density of 1.531 tons solid per cubic meter of the mine tailings.

Because of the leaks, sediments from the tailings pond flowed into the Balog River, a tributary of the Agno River, which is the source of water of San Roque Dam in Pangasinan province.

Paje said he had been regularly updating Mr. Aquino on developments in the spill of 20.6 million metric tons of sediments from a tailing pond of the Philex facility in Itogon, Benguet province, which started to leak in August following back-to-back typhoons.


 ‘Force majeure’

“I’ve been sending him reports on what has been going on…. He also brought it up himself,” Paje said when asked if he had personally discussed the issue with the President.

Under the Mining Act of 1995, each ton of waste spilled shall correspond to a P50 fine.

Philex protested the imposition of the fine on grounds of “force majeure,” or the fact that the leak occurred due to an unavoidable accident. But MGB upheld its findings and ordered Philex to settle its obligations within 45 days.

The next legal move for Philex would be to take its appeal to the Office of the President, which Paje said was part of the company’s right to exhaust all administrative remedies.

But Paje said his department would insist on Philex’s liability and maintain that its argument held no sway.

He added that the refusal of Philex to pay the fine would be detrimental to the firm because it could not resume operations of its Itogon facility.

Accidental leak

Operations at the Padcal mine have been suspended since Aug. 1, when there was an accidental leak in Tailings Pond No. 3 following heavy rains. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries, and initial tests showed discharges were non-toxic.

Philex has been in operation in the past 57 years and employs about 2,500 regular workers, according to Paje’s department.

Philex hosts a mining community with a population of about 14,000 deep in the highlands of the Cordilleras.

Told about Mr. Aquino’s directive to Paje about the waste spill in Benguet, Michael Toledo, Philex senior vice president for corporate affairs, said the firm was one with the DENR and the President in protecting the environment.

“Definitely, we must focus our energies on going after those who have harmed the environment and that goes for all industries, not only mining,” Toledo said in a phone interview.

“We are one with the directive in ensuring environmental protection. Various industries must keep in mind the present laws on the environment as well as the policy of sustainable development.

“As Philex has always said, while meeting needs of the present we must not forget the needs of future generations. We have to remember that we are just stewards for the next generations to come and we must leave enough resources for the next generation to benefit from the bounties of nature. We are together with the government in that respect,” Toledo said.

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  • Banana Na

    yan ang PRESIDENT, dito ako bilib sa iyo…THUMBS UP…


    Philex won’t pay 1 billion pesos to a government official who is, to use P-Noy’s own words, “very corrupt.” 

    Why would they trust the DENR secretary who “cannot” even revoke the permit of a mining firm who claims to be owned and controlled by the indigenous people, but is actually owned by a Filipino-Chinese businessman? Collusion?

    How can they trust Paje whose Anti-Illegal Task Force is ironically coddling illegal loggers and is asking for protection money? In fact, P-Noy has lost confidence over the DENR that he needed to create new committees to look after illegal logging as well as illegal mining.

    If the DENR really cares for the environment and gives importance to the law, how come the number of small-scale and illegal miners hasn’t dropped? Baka naman pati sa mga ‘to eh may collusion?

    I cannot see where daang matuwid would take all of us with Paje in the way.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Just a billion peso fine for millions of tons of spilled toxic waste that will eventually contaminate several tributaries supplying San Roque dam, that is a measly amount. There is also a tune of imminent downplaying the effects of the  mine tailing leak as saying it as just ‘mineral waste spill”, truth is its composition includes arsenic, mercury and cyanide and other toxic chemicals. Who will protect the interest of these people using these natural water resources? How many decades before its effects will fall below dangerous levels? Everytime it rains there is a risk of contamination so is the fine enough to cover the damages it will do to those unknowing population? It is a major problem which lacks media attention.

    • calipso_2100

      P1B fine plus rehab of all affected bodies of water sounds just right.

  • japokjackpot

    dear mr. MVP, force majeure? you ventured into this business with the risks attached to it. mining is a big profit business which comes with a big social responsibility. your company should have had occular inspections for maintenance and security of facilities in a way your business is rightfully protected not just by man-made calamities such as rebel attacks but as well as the wrath of nature. i’m just one of the ordinary citizens who actually look-up to you as the messiah of philippines business. let’s stop the appeal, as a good businessman who knows his responsibility and love his country so well, the man with humility, be that man, that father, and that model to all businessman in the philippines.

  • Raul

    I think there is Chinese working in this mining.

    • calipso_2100

      Many of our raw minerals end up in China.

      • Raul

        Di lang Mineral mga barya pa natin. They smuggled out of Philippines. Switik tlaga ang mga Intsik dito.

  • Adrian Espiritu

    Too early to celebrate with this latest PNOY announcement on protecting the environment. MVP was one of the major contributors in PNOY’s campaign kitty. Baka pa-pogi lng ito, tapos gagapangin na naman ng mga galamay ni MVP.

  • kurakding

    GO FOR IT  – We have to be very strict on this infact, we are not suppose to let them destroy our resources. That’s the only back up we have in the future.  Instead better focus on OFW which makes more money to the government and to their family.  This mining only goes to few people and yet the destruction is too much that ones lost, you will never get it back.  I bet most of the fishes etc. that exist in the closest river are almost gone.

    MR. PRESIDENT – Please don’t give them permit to continue mining.  remove mining in the Philippines if possible.  That way the world would know that our resources are still virgin and just the thought alone, foreigners etc. would love to come and see what we have.  We are surviving right now anyway and the people are not benefitting from it.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    No compromise ha sige nga tignan natin……kapag nawala na sa media ang issue at lumamig na ay iba na ang magiging direksyon ng ihip ng hangin! sige nga sino aasahan ng bayan na tumutok sa issue na ito ang isang ordinaryo juan de la cruz tulad natin? hahaha goodluck kung bigyan ka ng atensyon! i-bookmart ko itong issue na ito at tignan natin kung sa pagdating ng panahon ay magkaroon ng hustisya ang pinsala sa kalikasan!


    mas maganda siguro para makasiguradong nagbayad nga ang philex ng 1 billion eh ipakita sa sambayanan ang tseke na katunayan ng pagbabayad nila. ipakita sa media. until such time na maipakita nga sa atin yun, hindi ako maniniwala na nagbayad nga sila. 

  • -XO-

    Does the legislation make the liability absolute or does it make the liability depending upon a finding of negligence? This article does not clarify, and it would be most helpful if it did.  
    If the protection of the Environment is to me made absolute, the liability for the escape must be made absolute. 

    If, on the other hand, the liability created by the legislation is not absolute, and depends upon due process for findings of negligence or allows exculpatory factors of force majeure to be taken into account, then the President might be overstepping in sending in the fining squad before the trials are finished. 

    C’mon, Inquirer, is the liability under the act absolute or not? 

    And if it isn’t, should it be made so? 

  • Danilo Deo Trinidad

    sana hindi lang sa philex….paki pansinin naman po ang trahedyang nagaganap sa Palanas, Paracale, Camarines Norte.  May kaatasan na ang yumaong DILG Sec. Robredo na imbestigahan ang mga nagaganap na pagkasira ng kalikasan sa bayang ito, kasama na ang paguho ng mga kabudan (small scale mining) noong enero 2012.  sa ngayon, may naganap na namang trahedya noong nobyembre 23 at pinangangambahan na mahigit 20 ang mga namatay.  ANO NA BA ANG NANGYARI SA IMBESTIGASYON NOON?  KASAMA BANG NAGLAHO ITO SA PAGKAMATAY NI ROBREDO?  NGAYON KITANG KITA DITO SA CAMARINES NORTE ANG PAGTATAKIP SA KATOTOHANAN NG MGA LIDER NG LOKAL NA GOBYERNO, KARAMIHAN KAKAMPI PA AT KASAMA SA LIBERAL PARTY NI PANGULONG AQUINO.

    • 대성공

      pati po yung nangyari sa Rapu-Rapu Island na hanggan ngayon mataas ang Mercury content ng mga isda hanggan sa area ng Sorsogon.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Weather-weather lang yan.

  • isidro c. valencia

    Force Marjeure, accident, or company’s negligence, Philex should pay.

    You mean by force majeure God will pay it? 

    On the other hand, DENR has also responsibility. Continuous inspection and evaluation of mine tailing system should be undertaken, regular reports should be submitted to the DENR regional and  main office. Prior to this incident, reports submitted by EMB should be taken into serious consideration.  

    With this kind of mining disasters, the law should be rehashed with focus on environmental protection. 

    My suggestion:  Mining should not be under DENR. The Philippines is a mining country and we generate billions of dollars from this industry. Make a law to establish a Magna Carta for Mining Development creating a Department of Mining Systems and Development. 

    While environmental issues should be under Department of Environment, a separate department. So that there would be check and balance. Kung magkasama yan, pueding mag takipan.

  • calipso_2100

    I cannot understand why the president still pushes for mining in important environmental areas especially in Mindanao, despite the inevitable accidents and environmental damage it brings.

  • 대성공

    masyado naman pinapabango nang inquirer ang sister company nila, asan na ba ang balanced news,fearless views na motto nyo? nasunog na siguro sa kalan..


  • Rommel Jason

    50 pesos per ton of waste??? No wonder we are the dumping ground of the US fleet!!

  • TagaMlang

    “We have to remember that we are just stewards for the next generations to come and we must leave enough resources for the next generation to benefit from the bounties of nature. We are together with the government in that respect,” Toledo said.

  • ApoLapullapu

    When there is an announcement of strict implementation of the law, money begins to pass hands.  The  same is true in illegal logging,  illegal gambling, prohibited and dangerous drugs and everything illegal.

  • Alisto Juan

    If you really compute the actual damage vis-a-vis to the entire ecosystem that is affected or to be affected, that amount is not enough to rehabilitate the environment. If the waste is toxic, millions of micro organism have died and it will take years to return to its natural habitat. .  

    • Wnztn Xent

      Oo nga po sir. Naalala ko tuloy ang ecology ko..bioaccumulation, biomagnification, half-life..hehe. 

  • Alisto Juan

    We had to compute also the impact to the economy, the loss of income, the repercussion to the health condition of the people living in the affected area which had a long term effect. Take a look of what happened in Palawan and other areas which had a similar condition, people did not know that the cause of their illness is due to mine waste spillage many decades ago, they can not sue the mining company because it’s already closed down. Heavy metals like mercury in small doses are killing me softly. Hindi natatangal sa katawan kundi naiipon ng pakunti-kunti at ng mapuno na, patay kang bata. . Wala pang RA 7942 noon. . .  Kung sa bisaya pa, maayog sili kay mohang dayon.

  • carlcid

    After Mr. Pangilinan attempted to ridicule citizens concerned about the environment, and after Mr. Pangilinan assured the country that his company exercises “responsible mining”, the spill still happened. This only proves that there is really no such thing as “responsible mining”. Only hollow promises about environmental conservation. “Force majeure” will always be a convenient excuse, while the fact remains that man cannot control nature and severe accidents do happen even when so-called “responsible mining” is undertaken. That is why there must be very stringent safeguards. Nature must be protected at all cost from man’s greed and depredation. 

  • Joe

    That’s the way to go.  Let them know that we now mean business.  Wala ng padri-padrino, wala ng palakasan, wala ng palusot, tapos na ang lagayan! 

    • dark

       Oo nga! mabuhay ang KKK!!!

  • Torero

    sabi ng Philex force majeure daw dahil sobrang inulan yung lugar ng minahan kaya kumalat ang lason.  tanong sa Philex: hindi ba normal na umulan sa Pilipinas lalo na sa bundok na pinagmiminahan ninyo?  bugok naman ng rason ninyo.  magbayad kayo ng nararapat, hindi yung puro kayo lusot.

  • 88Cindy

    hindi excuse ang force majeure para makatakas sa responsibilidad.
    pwede bang sabihin: hindi ko kasalanan na nababangga kita kasi umulan at madulas ang kalsada.
    force majeure un eh. or hindi ko kasalanan na gumuho ang building mo kasi lumindol ng intensity 5. force majeure eh.
    tama na yang palusot ninyo. ibigay na sa mga totoong pilipino ang control ng Philex. hindi dapat nasa dummy ng mga foreigners na walang malasakit sa Pilipinas at mga Pilipino

    mvp, nasaan na yung sinasabi mong responsible mining? What you are doing is very irresponsible. You did not provide enough safeguards against rain, and now you are blaming the rain?

    • tarikan

      Are referring to the touted Filipino taipan MVP? Isang biglang sulpot billionaire? Dating gofer ng mga Salims of Indonesia and now being proclaimed by his drum beaters as the great Filipino taipan. Sa Pinas parang walang anti-trust law kasi ang isang holding company pwedeng manlikom ng mga compania in one category stopping short of gobbling up all competitions. Ganyan si MVP palibhasa pera ng iba, spending as if money has gotten out of style.

  • freedom of navigation

    Contingency plans beforehand must be a requirement before they go ahead with their operations. They should be required also to post a bond. The toxic substance that has flowed into our river can contaminate our drinking water.

  • tarikan

    “Definitely, we must focus our energies on going after those who have harmed the environment and that goes for all industries, not only mining,” Toledo (Philex SVP) said in a phone interview. Are you saying Mr. Toledo that you are going after your company? You don’t have to sound patronizing just pay the fine that’s all. 

  • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

    This is what I love about our beloved President PNoy. He will not let anyone disrespect this country and take a leak anywhere they like. Not even the richest man in the Philippines Manny Pangilinan. Thanks to the steadfast efforts of our dear leader PNoy in holding the likes of Manny accountable otherwise there will be more leaks coming from other leakers. Better to keep our fingers plugged in the leak. Thanks to our beloved President PNoy for making Manny plug those holes while we chew the gum. The gum, or the rubber, has always proven to be the best solution in stopping or preventing leakage.

    and may I humbly suggest:
    vote straight LP in 2013
    Ninoy 2.0 = Bam Aquino

    To our national superhero Ninoy, Blessed Mother Cory and their only begotten son PNoy, you have the absolute love and support of the Filipino people.

    • sondo1968

       are you politician or something ?

      • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

        politician by day and blogger by night and politicking blogger in between.

        what drives you?

      • passingthru2u

        are you being paid for reposting the same message?

    • buttones

      Well I’m sure we can all agree that this mining company should be ruthlessly pursued and fined to the maximum for carelessness, plus be given the task of a clean up even to the extent that the company fails in producing a return for it’s shareholders, or even goes out of business- whether they exist is nether here nor there, the environment in more important so I support the administration in extracting every centavo from Philex even, as I said it ruins the company. So yes, get every penny that is due.
      On the blind following of what you describe as some sort of ’hero’ or ’beloved one’, and anyone associated with the clan of Aquino, including his mother [a failed President along with so many] should be revered as ‘superhuman’ well that is your choice, many of us have gone past the level of reckless optimism and what amounts to be blind faith and a servile peasant attitude, and we have learnt to form our own opinions, and choose who we should vote for as well…to go from an obscure Congressman after so many years, who contributed little, to some sort of ‘superhero’ in a matter of months for most of us is bridge too far…. Anyway if you feel the need for heroes to prop up your fragile beliefs- fine- be my guest…

  • kilabot

    naloko na. a fight between two lgbts. baka may rivalry sa lovelife etong si noykapon at mvp.

  • 88Cindy

    I am sure a powerful businessman will seek a dialogue with the President to talk (lalakarin) about this.He will offer some help and donations (bribe) to the President.
    I am sure that the President will not be tempted by this as he is a man of honor.
    I just hope that he will see the true color of this powerful businessman and the technique he uses to get what he wants

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    What a shabby reasoning of force majeure, unavoidable accident. It only become unavoidable accident if management do not provide enough resources to avoid accident. i guess that’s the problem with Philippines Businessman mentality, what a sham

  • regd

    TRANSLATION: Ba’t ako magbabayad kung natusok ng sarangola ang wetpu ng kapitbahay ko? Sisihin nyo ang hangin, ba’t napadpad doon?

  • Night



  • sonic99363

    Calling Luchi Cruz Valdez and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria. Sana itigil nyo na ang pagtatanggol sa big boss nyo na si MVP. I used to be an avid listener of your program “RELASYON” kaya lang, nakakawalang gana yong palusot nyo na “force majeure”  kaya di dapat magbayad ang PHILEX. palagi nyo sinisingit sa programa nyo hayyyyys )-;

  • joboni96

    collect the more than p1billion
    then use it to support small pilipino miners


    great opportunity to collect dues
    from the monopolist pangilinan

  • Danny Bravo

    ang  ipinagpipilitan  ay  yung  niibigay  na  trabaho  sa  iilan  ay  yung  papatayin  nilang  tao,,,gaano  ba  ang  talino  ng  minerong  ito,,,  baka  alam  kung  bakit  lumapit  ang  planeta  sa  araw  kaya  may  climate  change  ,,,sinong  gumagawa  ng  disastro  dont  say  kami  o  si  marcos,,,,patay  na  yon,,,alam  ba  ninyo  kung  anong  halaga  o  porpose  niyang  binubungkal  ninyo  dito  sa  planeta,,,,pakisulat  nga,,,,o  kailangan  pang  kumuha  kayo  ng  atheist  na  experto  daw,,,    puwede  ninyong  bunkalin  yan  pero  may  panahon  at  kailangan  ay  maingat  dahil  wala  din  namang  silbi  yang  pera  na  kinikita  ninyo  kung  tayo  ay  bubulosok  sa  araw,,,,,hindi  ito  lokohan  katulad  ng  mga  scientist  sa  america  na  pwedeng  sabihin  na  ang  tao  ay  nakarating  sa  buwan,,,  ito  hindi  pagnagkamali  kayo  patay  kayong  lahat….   saan  kayo  tatakbo,,,,dahil  lang  sa  katamadan  pati  kayo  patay,,,,,,ang  mabuti  sa  inyo  gusto  ninyong  makinabang  bakit  kailangang  abusuhin,,,pwede  namang  hindi,,,,kuna malalason  ang  lupa  mawawala  ang  mineral  na  inaani  ninyo,,,,,o  kailangang  pumasok  sa  university  ng  60  taon  para  matutunan  o  maintindihan  itong  sinasabi  ko….

    • malek_abdul

       Sorry to tell you this but your comment doesn’t make sense. You’re drunk…go home!

  • PHtaxpayer

    “…  there was an accidental leak in Tailings Pond No. 3 following heavy
    rains. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries, and initial
    tests showed discharges were non-toxic”

    I’m pro-environment and rule-of-law but come on, if the above statement is true, what mining company in their right mind would want to do business in the PH if the risk of violating the law is so high as to be penalized for force majeur?

    What is the truth?  If the law is not practical to develop our mining industry, then we need to change the law.  But if Philex pollutted the environment, they should be held accountable.  I think it is possible to protect our environment and develop the mining industry.  It’s just that the law has to be carefully crafted and implemented well.

  • speedstream2

    Big business is entitled to negotiate fines mandated under the law?

  • mangTASYO

    50 pesos per ton of waste?  BARAT!

    2% tax kita ng gobierno sa mining?  MASYADONG BARAT!

    Ito ang MAHAL NA KAPALIT —- super typhoon, super-dooper ulan, super baha, landslides, greenhouse effect, global warming, land-water-air pollution, etc, blah-blah-blah.

    NAPAKAMAHAL na kabayaran kapalit ng 2% tax, tsk, tsk, tsk.

    PHILEX MINING – ito ba yung alleged Ongpin-DBP-MVP-InsiderTrading connex, worth 50 million shares?

  • ever green

    >>>Under the Mining Act of 1995, each ton of waste spilled shall correspond to a P50 fine.<<< parang ang baba ata ng fine……
    sa eskuwelahan namin dati pag nakitang nagkalat ka nga lang ng 1 pirasong papel 50 na multa…..

  • Albert Einstien

    BAKIT kaya pa si ” It’s No Time To Doubt Now, doubt is the enemy of faith ” …pare-parehas lang naman SINUSULAT NYA…pinagbibigyan..porke ba aquino..kaya ok lang..NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTY…! sundan nyo mga comment nya puro bam aquino makikita nyo…lol

  • WeAry_Bat

    “Because of the leaks, sediments from the tailings pond flowed into the
    Balog River, a tributary of the Agno River, which is the source of water
    of San Roque Dam in Pangasinan province.”

    More solids, less water: the northern mineralized water.  Ha ha ha

    • opinyonlangpo

      Not only that, the fish you will be eating might be grown in a fishpond filled with contaminated water  from the San Roque dam.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Magiging “suntok sa buwan” na naman ang aksyon ng ating gobyerno sa dahilan maraming “patay gutom o timawa” ang nasa poder ng kapangyarihan sa ilalim ng administrasyong BS aquino…Susuhulan lamang iyan ng PHILEX at mababaon na sa limot ang usapin ito…Tulad ng mga nakaraang pamahalaan,puro hayok at ganid sa kuwarta ang mga nakaupo ngayon kaya’t pabibo lang ang balita na hindi kukumpormiso ni BS aquino ang kalikasan!!!

    Ginoong BS aquino,aminin mo na matutulad sa usapin hacienda luisita ang usapin na ito….uulanin at aarawin at lilipas ang maraming taon na walang mangyayari sa multa na ipinataw sa Philex mining corp….

    • Francis81

      Bakit nung nag leak ang pwet ni Pweenoy sa Australia hindi siya pinatawan ng multa?

  • Bad_Ong

    Ano, Philex Mining, kasalanan pa ngayon ito ng kalikasan? ‘lang hiya, buhay pa kayo!

    MVP, show what Philex is shouting on TV ads re responsible mining. Don’t drag the issue further it’s your company’s negligence, pay what you need to pay, now!

  • mangTASYO

    “Paje said this was the policy laid down by the President….”

    Ala eh, pareng Paje di mo kailangang magtago sa pundilyo ng pangulo…sabihin man niya o hindi,
    ito ang PANGUNAHIN mong tungkulin na pangalagaan ang environment.

    Digest your Job Description —- or get some clues from your title Mr Environment Secretary.

    MVP is Goliath…but pareng Paje, act like David!

    • Arvin

      Mang Tasyo…what paje message to us that it has the blessing of the President..ginawa niya yan dahil simulat noon pa ang kalakaran ng nakaupo diyan sa malakanyang…..pag na sabi na ang secretaries or deputy or sino ba sa baba…nababago dahil may naglobby sa taas…gaya ni PGMA lame duck president…..

      gusto ni Sec paje na malaman ng tao na ito ang stand nya at stand nag presidente then aber mababago ba dahil kay MVP…..hope you understand now….huwag masyadong negative…..puro dal-dal hindi nag analyze…

      • mangTASYO

        Arvin, Sec Paje should not project an image of a MARIONETTE – a puppet -“controlled and operated” from Malacanang using strings.  He should have a voice of his own – in line, of course, with the government policy – without a ventriloquy.

        A man with an average IQ will easily digest the substance of my opinion.

        Anyway let me explain it in your level thus consuming more lines and wasting my time.Kung sakaling di masyadong wasto ang pang-unawa ko sa “bugal-bugal” mong pananagalog at “broken-english” ipagpaumanhin mo, pero pangako sisikapin ko.

        Anuman ang kalakaran ng dating administrasyon, ikaw na rin ang may sabi na “dati” ganoon, so tapos na yun.  Daang matuwid na tayo ngayon. Pero noon pa man lagi ng ipinagngangalandakan ni Ate Glo kung ano ang micro at macromanagement.

        Is it appropriate or kailangan pa bang sabihin ni Sec Paje sa madla at kay MVP na ito ang gusto ni Boss Pnoy  kaya hindi na uubra ang “paki-usap o somethin'”?

        Maliwanag ang sinabi ni Pnoy, “IMPLEMENT THE LAW!” (hindi niya sinabing, pag may umangal o magtanong, just mention his name)

        Bakit may kinakatakutan ba si Sec at kailangan niya pang banggitin ang pangalan ng pangulo?

        Normal lang na masindak siya kay Goliath, pero ito ang batas at kailangan niya itong gawin at ipatupad ng walang pag-aalinlangan, kinakatakutan o TINITINGNAN!

        Finally, paano kung walang marching order ang pangulo, walang ring gagawin si Sec Paje?

  • virgoyap

    Whether accidental or intentional it’s the same harm to the environment and to our mother earth which can’t be estimated with any amount of money.

  • RyanE

    Tsk.tsk.. the more CBCP will be angry with PNoy and the more it will oppose the RH bill. Why? Because CBCP is a major stockholder of Philex Mining Corp.!

  • juan_nagtataka

    Tama! papanagutin ang may sala!

  • Alajero

    …yes…the gov’t collects the fine…but, the people who depends on the river…are on their own…tsk.tsk..tsk…mining is not good for a country like philippines…administered by mediocre leaders and corrupt gov’t officials…
    …philippines is not a country mature or developed enough to handle projects involving the environment…the people looses everytime…
    …only the few investors and corrupt officials will benefit from it….

  • R J

    Mabuhay ka Mr President!

  • R J

    Bad move for Manny Pangilinan? Remember
    how Ongpin was able to acquire a block of Philex Mining Corp. shares which he immediately turned around and sold at a huge profit to another businessman, Manuel V. Pangilinan, two years ago. Sana kumita na yung share niya…..

    • 88Cindy

      Karma. Ang sabi ay si MVP naman talaga ang arkitekto ng manipulasyon. Ginamit nya si Ongpin para mabili ang share mula sa DBP

  • Marcial72

    Tinaas ni Paje ang multa sa 1 bilyon para mas mataas ang makukuhasa areglo.   Baka malaki ang hinihingi ni Peenoy na share niya kaya tinaasan ni Paje?

  • Malik62

    Why is the administration of BS Aquino X3 is so plauged with wastes? From Subic Bay to Benguet so much wastes have been dumped or leak.  Is it because BS is full of waste? For one he is wasting time, wasting the money of the country, wasting Mindanao to rebel groups, most of all wasting his life.

  • ed0408

    Go Pnoy!!!!!!

  • malek_abdul

    I’m with Philex using the money to rehabilitate whatever was damaged and polluted due to the tailings leak. Philex may employ the people down stream to help them clean the silt. It will be a win-win situation. The river will be cleaned and the environment will be restored while those people employed will earn for a living.

  • disqus_wZkE07Ij96

    Talaga malek_abdul? Sinira niyo ang kapaligiran tapos bibigyan niyo ng tarbaho ang mga tao? The value of the environment is infinte! No amount of money can be equated to it. Let everyone who committed the irresponsible act feel the axe on his neck, “though the heavens fall!” Palagi na lang may palusot ang mga palpak dito sa Pinas kaya di tayo umasenso. Ginagago tayo ng mga loko!

  • superpilipinas

    In my book, Philex is both blameworthy and responsible for the damage to the environment. Heavy rains and flooding are known to all. Philex should have preventive measures already in place for that risk. They should also consider earthquakes and should even double the safety factor. If they didn’t, then in my book, that’s negligence and they should pay.

    I really wonder about the charges….P50 only for 1 ton of leak. Wow! I thought Legarda was at the forefront of protecting the environment. How could it be protected with such a laughable minimal fine? No wonder the mining companies are not sensitive enough. I think P1 Million for 1 ton penalty will threaten them of bankruptcy and force them to implement solid preventive measures.

  • zeroko

    He he he. Itong si Bakla, he is now singing a different song. It it no he, our Chinese PResident who favored big mining firms in our country? We wants the Chinese investor to  steal our natural resources and leave their toxic waste as our legacy. Wala naman tayong pakinabang dito sa mineral exploration and exploitation. Lahat, favor sa China. In fact, before, golds were all sold to our Central Bank. Now, CB gets a measly 1.2% of gold from these mining venture. The rest are smuggled out of our country. He he he! That is just for the gold, what more for the copper, iron, and etc. There is also rampant cheating on the quantity these mining firms are declaring for tax purposes. 

    The traitors in the high positions in our government specifically Filipino-Chinese should be brought in front of a firing squad and executed. They are economic saboteurs. 

  • zeroko

    Pangilinan oath to take the first flight to Hong Kong and never to return. That blabber mouth said before in an open forum that mining is safe. O, ano ngayon? With this kind of weather wherein devastating typhoon with so much rain occurs every year, mining is no-no. Kung ang Ambuklao dam nga, nagrerelease ng millions of gallons of water for safety, ano pa ang ordinary holding pond. Naturally it too will over flow. Kawawa si Juan de la Cruz, pinabayaan niyang tumira ang mga Chinese sa ating Bansa. Ngayon, binabastos na tayo. 

  • disqusted0fu

    no compromise on his leak. well, there you have it, Aquino has a leak after all. haha.

    anyway, these companies have become reckless because they know that this administration only talks and rarely acts. its just too bad for them because it looks like they are selected as a target for those rare actions.


  • Jon

    Do not compromise on the environment.

    Except for the illegal loggers.
    They are making good money, after all.

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