Brooke’s Point residents set up a barricade to protest allegedly illegal mining operations in the area. (Photo from Alyansa Tigil Mina)
MANILA, Philippines — An anti-mining barricade has been set up in Brooke’s Point, Palawan as residents assert that the Ipilan Nickel Corporation is operating without a Mayor’s permit, according to Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) on Saturday.
This comes after Sibuyan Island residents in Romblon successfully stifled mining operations by setting up a human barricade to stop trucks from passing.
“As in the case of Sibuyan, the mining company also has no permit to cut down trees and no [Philippine Port Authority] permit for the construction of the port and causeway, hence their operations are illegal. Ipilan Nickel is, in effect, undermining the autonomy of the local government and clearly violating the law,” said ATM National Coordinator Jaybee Garganera in a statement.
According to Municipality of Brooke’s Point Vice Mayor Jean Feliciano in the same statement, the residents themselves organized the barricade following the company’s alleged continuation of operations despite Mayor Cesareo Benedito Jr. ordering them to stop.
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