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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Inquirer: Marcopper dam leaks threaten townsfolk

DOH-MIMAROPA warns about dam leaks 'threatening health and security of residents'. Regional director Eduardo Janairo talks about immediate 'interventions for effective cleanup of mine tailings' by planting Beema bamboo. But Marinduquenos have yet to hear what concrete action has been undertaken to address the leaks detected two months ago (January 2017),  in the Makulapnit Dam diversion tunnel of Marcopper.


Makulapnit Dam.


Marcopper dam leaks threaten townsfolk

by Tina G. Santos, Inquirer

“Worst-case scenario if these concerns are not properly addressed is to evacuate all residents out of the province,” Eduardo Janairo, DOH-Mimaropa regional director, said in a statement.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau recently detected leaks in a diversion tunnel of Marcopper’s Makulapnit dam in Barangay Hinapulan in the capital town of Boac.

DENR team with Cong. Lord Allan Velasco, January 2017.
File photo.

Makulapnit dam was used to collect clean water from Hinapulan creek that the company used for mining copper.

Marcopper Mining Corp. shut down in 1996 after one of its drainage tunnels gave way, unleashing about 200 million tons of mine tailings into Boac River.

“We need to prepare a contingency plan to mitigate the effects of the Marcopper mining incident and to formulate immediate and concrete solutions to provide the necessary responses to the effects of the four-decade mining incident that has affected the health, livelihood and lives of residents in 20 barangays in Marinduque,” he said.

According to Janairo, interventions for the effective cleanup of mine tailings will be started immediately, which includes Phytoremediation—the planting of various trees like the Beema bamboo—to remove, transfer and destroy degradation of contaminants in soils, surface water and groundwater in affected areas.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Marinduque missing former Gov. Bong Carrion (1948-2017)

Former Governor of Marinduque, Jose Antonio 'Bong'  N. Carrion 

Gov. Jose Antonio "Bong" Nieva Carrion has died. The Philippine flag at the provincial capitol of Marinduque is now flying at half-mast.

Bong Carrion was elected governor of Marinduque in 1995 and served for a single term of 3 years (1995-1998). He got elected again after 9 years, holding that position from 2007-2010. One of his priority projects in education was an early childhood learning program for day-care kids in Marinduque's 227 day-care centers, one involving instructional software learning program that was challenged by his political opponents after having been implemented for three consecutive years from 2007.

Carrion is a great grandson of the late Lt. Gov. Juan Morente Nieva, who administered Marinduque from 1907-1916 when the island province was under the political jurisdiction as a sub-province of Tayabas (now Quezon).

It was during his term as governor of Marinduque when in early 1996, Bong Carrion spearheaded in cooperation with the governors of the island-provinces of the region the creation of a new socio-economic aggrupation acronymed MIMAROPA (for Or. Mindoro, Occ. Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan). It was to be the counterpart of the CALABARZON industrial growth area composed of the mainland provinces of Southern Luzon. Gov. Valencia of Or. Mindoro was then elected as chairman.

It was on May 17, 2002, by virtue of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Executive Order No. 103, that Region IV was divided into Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA).

Philippine flag flies at half-mast at Marinduque's seat of government.
Photo taken March 29.



Gov. Jose Antonio N. Carrion's State of the Province Address, 2008


Communities in Marinduque remain peaceful and insurgency-free nearly a year after the internal security operations of the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) was turned over to the province’s Peace and Order Council (PPOC). The continuing peaceful status is attributed to the effective maintenance of security by the local government as well as the PPOC's observance of the provisions embodied in the Memorandum of Agreement. Marinduque was the first province to be declared insurgency-free by the AFP.

Gov. Carrion and AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Roland Detabali after MOA signing.

Marinduque had 20 NPA affected barangays in 2004; this number reduced to zero by 2008. As for NPA’s strength, it had 47 armed members during the years 2004-2007 but had been reduced to zero by 2008.

“With the absence of NPA intimidation and terrorism in the province of Marinduque, the people began to experience progress as the business climate and tourist arrivals improve”, said Brig. Gen Francisco N. Cruz Jr, Civil Relations Service commander.



Excerpts:

Under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Strong Infrastructure Program Marinduque province is also the recipient of national road programs. The Balimbing-Bantay Road in Boac with a budget of 67-million pesos is almost completed; the Poblacion Torrijos-Maranlig road budgeted at 50-million pesos is 100% completed. These roads will finally connect Boac and Torrijos with the completion of the Hinapulan-Tumagabok bridge. 

Hinapulan-Tumagabok Bridge

Thanks to the efforts of DPWH under Secretary Ebdane and the good District Engr. Magtanggol Roldan, our people have not seen such determination so that these projects would not be haunted by ghosts.

Under the same program the Yook-Libas-Lipata road in Buenavista (82-million), that leads to Bellarocca Island Resort is now being concreted, intermittent sections of the circumferential road from Buenavista to Torrijos road are also being asphalted. In 2008 a total of 300-million pesos has been released for these projects and 130-million pesos during the first half of 2009.

Marinduque Airport after being non-operational for four years, is now being serviced by ZESTAIR since November 2008. SEAIR will soon fly their 19-seater LET aircrafts, and operations will not be hampered when the 161-million peso runway extension goes in full swing.


Marinduque Airport after being non-operational for four years, was serviced by ZESTAIR in November 2008.

The rehabilitation of Cawit Port, identified as a vital linkage connecting Marinduque to the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (Western Seaboard) as part of the Luzon Urban Beltway project, has been completed and opened last year. The route Cawit-Lucena and Cawit-San Juan is already being serviced with two shipping lines in operation: Montenegro and Star Horse Shipping Lines. During the Lenten season 7,107 Islands Cruise ship also called on the port a couple of times bringing in hundreds of tourists.

Cruise ship in Cawit Port
Sa TURISMO naman, naging higit na masigla ang pagsasagawa ng mga programa para sa pagpapalago ng turismo. 

Adventure-sports tourism.
Ibat-ibang adventure sports activities ang naganap upang palaganapin ang konsepto ng ecotourism sa Marinduque: mountain biking, motocross, airsoft war games, defensive shooting, hobies, marathon runs, scuba-diving at spelunking. 
Dahil sa mga gawaing ito nagkaroon ng pagkakataong makitang tuluyan ang potential ng ilang mga lugar para sa pagpapalaganap ng barangay-based tourism para sa kapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan.

Isa dito ang  Luzon Datum Ecopark sa Hinanggayon at Argao na nakatakda ng gawing national landmark sa tulong ng NAMRIA at DENR.
Si Carrion kasama ang mga opisyal ng NAMRIA at DENR tungkol sa Luzon Datum Ecopark Development.
At sa unang pagkakataon nadiskubre ng cave exploration team ng ating provincial tourism office ang San Isidro Caves at Subterranean River. Maingat ang hakbang na dapat isagawa para ito mapanatili sa kasalukuyang kaanyuan.

Promotion ng San Isidro (Bagumbungan) Cave sa unang pagkakataon.


Nagkaroon ng pagkakataong ipakita ng ating mga kababayan ang ibat-ibang festivals na patuloy ang pagpapa-develop bilang pangturismong gawain. Naging daan ang pagpupugay sa “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE” na idineklara na ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan bilang isang ordinansa, upang patuloy na maibahagi ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na ng mga kabataan, ang kanilang kagalingan sa lahat ng bagay na may kinalaman sa kultura at sining.

As some provincial officials race to push questionable MOA, DOH-MIMAROPA sounds alarm for evacuation option on Marcopper

Devil-may-care? The provincial board has voted against the MOA, but as some Marinduque provincial officials still race to get the highly controversial contract signed with US lawyers, a third party funder and a Canadian law firm that lawyered for the same company the Marinduque government is running after, DOH-MIMAROPA regional director Eduardo Janairo has sounded the alarm for a contingency plan to mitigate the effects of irresponsible mining in Marinduque.


The municipal government of Boac, with Mayor Roberto Madla launched the construction of a two-storey evacuation center in Brgy. Hinapulan during the Marcopper tragedy commemoration on March 24, 2017. Photo: Michaela Ornedo

DOH-MIMAROPA sees evacuation of Marinduque residents due to Marcopper


Should the continuing effect of the Marcopper Mining incident persist, Department of Health – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and Chairman of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH) stated that the plausible option was to evacuate the residents of Marinduque for their security and interest.

“We need to prepare a contingency plan to mitigate the effects of the Marcopper Mining incident and to formulate immediate and concrete solutions to provide the necessary responses to the effects of the four-decade mining incident that has affected the health, livelihood and lives of residents in twenty barangays in Marinduque,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during a recent RIACEH meeting held at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City.

First among the interventions laid was the creation of a Provincial Task Force to track all data and information regarding the effects of the mining for a quicker response.

Second, is the setting up of medical and environmental surveillance system, for the early detection and identification of patients manifesting signs and symptoms of chemical poisoning including the establishment of a two-way reporting system for immediate response, management and treatment of cases.

Municipal officials with Bishop Junie Maralit during the unveiling of the marker in Hinapulan commemorating the infamous Marcopper tragedy

According to Director Janairo, interventions for the effective clean-up of mine tailings will be started immediately which includes Phytoremediation, the planting of various trees, like the Beema bamboo, to remove, transfer and destroy degradation of contaminants in soils, surface water and ground water in affected areas of the province.

“The recent discovery of leaks in the diversion tunnel of the abandoned Makulapnit Dam in Boac, Marinduque raises fear and public concern and we should all act as guardians of the people, to safeguard not only their health and security but their life as well. Worst case scenario if these concerns are not properly addressed is to evacuate all residents out of the province,” he added.

The RIACEH is a committee headed by the Department of Health Regional Office and composed of fourteen (14) regional offices which aim to work and coordinate jointly on all environment related problems that continuously affect the health and welfare of the people. - DOH Mimaropa/Romblon News

Also read:


MACEC: Pagbibigay ng authority kay Gov. Reyes ni-reject ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan





Sunday, March 26, 2017

Kaso ng Marinduque: Kabulaanan mula sa simula, kabulaanan pa rin ngayon, kabulaanan forever


January 21, 2012 unang tinalakay sa isang public forum ang tungkol sa kasong isinampa noong 2005 sa Nevada. Sa nasabing public forum ginanap sa session hall ng SP una ring napag-usapan ang proposed settlement pero hindi binigay ang ano mang detalye tungkol sa mga kondisyones. 

Reklamo ng mga opisyal ng SP 'we have been kept in the dark'. Sagot naman ng Atty. Skip Scott: "It's your liaison officers! They have not been kept in the dark!"

Sagot naman ni Bokal Allan Nepomuceno na liaison officer:  “… Kabilin-bilinan ni Skip, ating abogado, ay huwag munang magbibigay… So, ako ay sumusunod lang sa pinag-uutos sa akin ng mga abogado.”

Pusoy. Turuan. Sa huli, sabi ni Scott: “…the President (Aquino) himself, none of those people will say I have kept them in the dark!” Shock waves, silence.

Sa huli, sumabog sa mukha nilang lahat na mga sinungaling ang kanilang nilihim. Kaya matinding nag-alsa ang bayan dahil sa kasukasukang mga kabulaanan. Kabulaanang kayang ipangalandakan ng mga kampon sa NGALAN NG SALAPI!

At dahil ngayon, 2017 na, ay walang humpay pa rin ang mga kampon sa kanilang kasinungalingan, na paboritong kagamitan ng diyablo, narito ang post ko noong 2013, base sa video ng January 2012 public forum.


Another thick and tyrannical plot unfolding? Public Forum on the Marinduque lawsuit against Barrick Gold


Marcopper Mining Waste. Damage to Calancan Bay,
Mogpog River, Boac River and certain coastal areas.
Graphics: Kapatiran, 1998.
In filing a lawsuit in Nevada USA against Placer Dome/Barrick Gold, Marinduquenos in 2005 sought legal justice for the extensive environmental and social damages wrought by nearly three decades of irresponsible mining on this island.  Calancan Bay, Mogpog and Boac Rivers and surrounding coastal areas were polluted and human health problems were created.

In 2005, SP Resolution 264 yet to be ratified was passed by the provincial board authorizing Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes to enter into a Special Outside Appointment and Engagement Contract with legal counsel Walter J. Scott, pertinent  to the lawsuit against Placer Dome, Inc. “for the damage it caused to the people of Marinduque and the province’s ecosystems, specifically, the Boac and Mogpog Rivers, Calancan Bay and the surrounding coastal areas.”

Considered as the largest industrial disaster in the Philippines, the Marcopper Mining Disaster of 1996 resulted in the closure of Marcopper operations. In 2001 Placer Dome left the Philippines, leaving Marinduque’s polluted ecosystems behind.

Five years after the lawsuit was filed by the Provincial Government of Marinduque in a Nevada court in a long procedural battle that has reached the US Supreme Court, the US lawyers hired by the provincial government announced that a court hearing was finally scheduled in Nevada, one that could move the case toward a resolution. Nothing much has been heard by the people of Marinduque since then, even as a new provincial administration, sought critical information, such as details on the agreement earlier entered into with the lawyers involved by the provincial government, that remained unanswered. Read.

The U.S. lawyer Scott and Filipino lawyer Advincula at the forum.
Now comes the news that the US lawyer and his Filipino counterpart were in Marinduque recently for talks and a 'public forum' with some provincial government officials and stakeholders for ‘discussions on potential resolutions’ on the lawsuit that includes a “universal settlement”. A  universal settlement that involves the national government having to “eschew or forego any claims that were promised...”.

On a radio program hosted by the Marinduque LP Congressional candidate all at once came this daring 'epal-ine' announcement: “Dito sa Marcopper mining, ang Ate Gina po ang talaga namang nakikipagbalitaktakan sa mga dayuhang abogado…napakalaki ang ginampanan at gagampanan ng ating Ate Gina Reyes…isyu po ito e, hindi po ito pamumulitika…” 

How's that again? What new plots are unfolding then?

As regards this Nevada case, there were concerns about Marinduquenos having been “kept blind for so many years” due to the dearth of information that should have been supplied by the liaison officers, according to board member Melecio Go.  But, “It’s your liason officers! They have not been in the dark!”, answers the US lawyer.

Allan Nepomuceno of the so-called 'SP Liaison Committee'
“… Kabilin-bilinan ni Skip, ating abogado, ay huwag munang magbibigay… So, ako ay sumusunod lang sa pinag-uutos sa akin ng mga abogado.”, one liaison officer (Nepomuceo) replies to defend himself.

Then the US lawyer delivers a final statement: “…the President himself, none of those people will say I have kept them in the dark!” Shock waves, silence.

What’s the real score, what’s the truth? Inevitable questions come up like 'is the Marinduque governor still in command, what critical facts that the people should know are not being disclosed, why the seemingly brazen act of name-dropping that includes even the name of the President, is this a repetition of an old game where people involved in some conspiracy are hoodwinked by images of a 'magnitude of money', (to use the words of the US lawyer), while the rest of Marinduque falls in deep slumber amid hushed cries from others of a probable 'sellout'; what 'gag order'? Curiously timed during this election period (again), you wonder. And please reckon... 

BM Mel Go, Vice-Gov. Antonio Uy, Jr., BM Bong Raza and BM Allan Nepomuceno
 Excerpts from the ‘Public Forum’ held on January 21, 2012, at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque with Vice-Governor Antonio Uy, Jr., some members of the provincial board, Atty. Walter J. Scott, (US lawyer engaged by the provincial government) , Atty. Jack Advincula, (Filipino legal counterpart), some officers and members of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC), plus a few local media practitioners. None of Marinduque's municipal officials to represent their constituents were invited:

MACEC executive director Myke Magalang and MACEC members
"MAGALANG: Hindi po kami nandito para makinig ng updates. Kasi alam na po namin yung updates. Ina-update po kami lagi ni Atty. Skip at Atty. Jack. Pumunta po kami para suportahan yung kaso at para sabihin sa inyo (board members), paulit-ulit, na puwede bang magka-isa na kayo..

MEL GO:  …Kami pa pala ang nakakagulo. Take note, for 10 years, nandito ka, walang lumabas. Ngayon lang na-open ito ah, you’re saying na ‘sige, study tayo, study’… tapos kami ang magulo?  My God!

BM JT Alino
JT ALINO: … at kami, kaya gusto naming mapag-usapan dito, transparent kami, gusto naming malaman ng taong-bayan na walang tinatago.. Hindi lang naman kayo ang apektado dito ah.. Pinagtutulungan natin itong lahat, sasabihin ninyong nagpapagulo kami, hinihingi lang namin ang katotohanan.

RAZA: … let us explore all avenue that will strengthen… any comment coming from the group, let us put that on hold… (introduces Atty. Scott ).

Atty. Skip Scott
SCOTT: … The purpose of this meeting is to update you on the events that took place on November 26 to November 29 in San Francisco… Before doing that though, given the nature of the dialogue at the outset here, I want to make it clear that… there may be disagreement as to the methodology, there may be disagreement as to disclosure…. The part of the difficulty, while I’m here, especially now, in any effort or endeavor like this is that we all operate with certain restrictions on us that we do not necessarily want, but have to live with…
But what we were successful in doing in the end of November is coming to a conclusion to agree, as the professionals believe, was a workable mutually agreeable framework for all the different constituents to sign off on….

…We operate under a certain ‘gag order’, a ‘gag order’ that tells us that we can’t disclose things. I know that there are some members of the press here with national means, and that ‘gag order’ becomes all that much tighter. And these are not necessarily self-imposed, they come from courts*.  A judge says thou shall not speak and, backed up by agreements that you have to enter into and agree, and promise that you shall not speak… (Note: There was no such 'gag order').

ATTY. ADVINCULA: …ang napag-agreehan kailangang sabihin ito, hindi sa pagbubuhat ng bangko, mahirap po yung ginawa namin na framework. Yung framework na ginawa ay isang universal settlement, isang dokumento na ang gusto ng kabila ay ina-address lahat ng mga constituency, lahat ng stakeholders.

RAZA:  ...We would like to inform the public na noong 2007 to 2010, halos hindi po tumakbo yung usapin sapagkat hindi po kami, hindi po sila, nakakuha ng suporta sa nakaraang administrasyon…. But our lawyers in the States are painstakingly working out… for the province of Marinduque despite the absence of support from the previous administration.
Old Marcopper Minesite 
 LYN ANGELES: ...When you said that the mediation process is almost nearing , in the next five months,  do you expect the mediation process to be reaching an end?

SCOTT:… I think that this mediation process is pretty mature…my comment is that the political environment here may force a high risk for extended discussions potentially…I don’t know… But between now and then,  I think that we will make more progress on the numbers affair…

MEL GO: … The Dams... I wonder if the Governor or if MACEC has related to Mr. Skip hanggang ngayon ay.. kasi dapat noon pa yan ay inaasikaso na natin considering yung mga ulan ngayon malalakas, yung bagyong tumatama… I think that’s the foremost na dapat nating ugatan at ipauna natin sa kanila… while they are discussing the settlement or mediation ay ilabas na natin. This is dangerous, Skip… those dams are 10 years old...this is very valuable information that was not voted during your negotiations…

SCOTT:  … You survived a year and a half and 10 years..

MEL GO:  The (USGS) study was for medium-term and longer mediation… there’s nothing (about it)!

SCOTT: … At the same it also has to be mentioned in terms unfortunately in the sense that, If you claim something is imminent and it does not happen for 10 years, some of you would openly say, how imminent is that… so I don’t want to rely on the USGS report over this…

Liaison Officers Raza and Nepomuceno
NEPOMUCENO: …Baka matanim sa isip ng mga tao na kami ay nagkukulang bilang liaison officers. Kami po ni Bokal Raza ay assigned talaga na magbibigay ng information sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Sa totoo lang po, may tali ang ating mga kamay dahil ang kabilin-bilinan ni Skip, ating abogado, ay huwag munang magbibigay kung maaari… kasi ang magbibigay talaga ng information sa SP ay ang liaison, hindi ang Governor. Ang information nagdadaan sa liaison …. So, ako ay sumusunod lang sa pinag-uutos sa akin ng mga abogado…

PETER MAGTURO: Can you give us an idea of the time frame? Election season now, how will the political climate affect (this issue)….

SCOTT: … As for the political timetable, I personally believe there is no person, no political party, whether you are in or out, it doesn’t matter as far as these issues are concerned…. Like it or not, the national government is a stakeholder…

MEL GOAre you saying Skip that even the national government will set in?

SCOTT: I think that the national government has to be the signatory to endorse… thus far they are willing to eschew or forego any claims that then were promised with this resolution… But just a point to answer your question. If you will put the deal on the table, there is never enough, never enough…
…No, we’ve been in discussion with the national government all along. The national government is well aware and has participated in these (showing documents).

MEL GO: Exactly, that’s why we are in a situation that we have been kept blind for so many years… with the national government (involvement)…

SCOTT: It’s like this. You have the process and procedure in October. We have them here. It’s your liaison officers. They have not been in the dark. They are not blind. So for you to say that you’re blind is for you to ignore the very processes and protocols that you yourself have put to waste.
...Stop making claims. It is frustrating for somebody to sit and tell me that I am not keeping you informed … I may not be talking to you individually … My obligation is to speak to the Governor as the primary point with the concurrence of the liaison… Don’t make a statement that you are not being informed. I take that very seriously.

MEL GO:  Yes, it’s true. I have nothing! (documents)

SCOTT: … Secretary Acosta, or Secretary Paje or the President (Aquino) himself, none of those people will say I have kept them in the dark. This is a full-time, all-consuming engagement…"

*Issuances from the Court in connection with this case are available online. Based on said issuances no gag order is among them.

"In April and May 2008, indigenous leaders from four countries opposing large-scale gold mining on their lands described the adverse impacts of Barrick Gold Corporation. These leaders spoke of Barrick Gold's tactics in "suppressing dissident voices, dividing communities, and manipulating local and national politics".

 "They also related stories about "lack of free, prior and informed consent for local people". Barrick is party to a lawsuit originally filed against Placer Dome Inc. by the local government claiming compensation for the 1996 Marcopper Mining Disaster. Barrick Gold inherited the litigation after taking over Placer Dome, Inc".

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nanumbalik ang pag-asa at respeto ko sa Sanggunian - dating Bokal Lyn Angeles


March 22, 2017- PETSA NA NANUMBALIK ANG PAG-ASA AT RESPETO KO SA SANGG. PANGLALAWIGAN NG MARINDUQUE

ni Adeline Lyn Angeles
Larawan mula sa Marinduque News Online

Sa botong 6:5, the SP said "NO" for the 2nd time on the Request of Gov. Carmencita Reyes to Give Her Authority to Enter into MOA with US Lawfirm Diamond McCarthy, its Funders & Local Partner for the Filing of Case in Canada Re: Marcopper.

Walang drama... Subalit habang pinapanood ko ang sesyon at i-announce ang result ng botohan "that the No's have it...", AKO PO AY TALAGANG NANGILID ANG LUHA SA TUWA... 6 vs 5-- Ito po ang boto na muling nagbalik ng RESPETO at PAG-ASA KO sa Sangg. Panlalawigang akin din pinaglingkuran, bilang institusyong patuloy na MAGSUSULONG NG TAMA... at MAGTATAMA SA MALI.

I remembered my time with colleagues Bokal JT ALINO & BOKAL MELY AGUIRRE during the previous term (many at the Capitol referred to us as 'd TRIPLE "A" Conscience") yet, many times, sa mga critical issues na dini-desisyunan tulad nito, wala kami masyado magawa because we were the minority & we didn't have the nos during that time. (TRIPLE "A" means AGUIRRE, ALINO, ANGELES). BUT last session, I have seen that the initiatives & principles that we stood for during our term WAS NOT PUT IN VAIN.

SALAMAT PO kay VICE GOV. ROMULO "Jun" BACORRO JR. at sa "FORMIDABLE 5" -- 
Kgg. AMELIA AGUIRRE
Kgg. GILBERT DAQUIOAG
Kgg. PRIMO PAMINTUAN 
Kgg. JOHN PELAEZ
Kgg. REY SALVACION




SALAMAT PO sa inyong TALINONG GINAGAMIT NG TAMA, sa PUSONG may MALASAKIT... at sa inyong PANININDIGAN... Sana po ay madagdagan pa ang inyong bilang...

SANG-AYON PO KAMI SA INYONG POSISYON NA VERY DISADVANTAGEOUS & INIMICAL TO THE PROVINCE'S INTEREST ANG PAGPASOK SA GANONG URI NG KONTRATA/MOA.

IN FACT NUNG UNA KO PO ITONG MABASA, "GALIT" PO ANG AKING UNANG NARAMDAMAN... AT "AWA" PARA SA AKING LALAWIGAN... AWA PARA SA AKING SARILI AT SA BAWAT MARINDUQUENONG TILA TALAGANG BUSABOS LAMANG ANG TINGIN NG ILAN. (Kung BAKIT, I will POST TOMORROW).




Mga larawan: MACEC


Friday, March 24, 2017

21st Marcopper Tragedy Commemoration: Pagmumuni sa kaso; Pakikiisa ng Friends of the Earth (FoE)



Marcopper Disaster. Pagmumuni sa malisya o tila masamang hangarin ng mga kinauukulan tungkol sa kaso ng lalawigan: 

Sa en Banc Committee Hearing na ginanap noon pang October 25, 2016, sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan na kung saan inimbitahan ng SP ang Obispo, tinalakay dito ang ilang dokumentong may kinalaman sa kaso ng Lalawigan laban sa Barrick Gold na ibinahagi sa kanya tulad, ng:


- Dati pang pirmadong kontrata noong 2005 sa pagitan ng Governor at ni Walter J. Scott at ang 'revision' na ginawa rito noong 2007 Confidential Memorandum (ni Scott kay Gov. Reyes). 
- Bagong pinanukalang kontrata naman mula sa US legal firm, Diamond McCarthy (DM), para sa Pamahalaang Lalawigan na may titulong Restated and Amended Special Outside Appointment and Engagement (RASOAE).

Sa ngayon ay may lumitaw na bahagi ng nasabing pinanukalang kontrata na nagsasaad na wala naman palang commitment ang DM para maghain ng demanda o magsumikap para sa ano mang paglilitis ano pa mang klase ito, kung ang pakay ay maghabol ng ano mang danyos laban sa alin mang panig, ito man ay pagdedemanda, o arbitration. 

Sa madaling salita lumilitaw na lahat yata ng kayabangan at ingay ng mga kinauukulan tungkol sa pagsasampa ng kaso ay pagwawari (contemplated) lamang, na halos katumbas sa tunog ng 'kunyari lamang'.

Bahagi ng RASOAE:

 "While it is contemplated by the Parties that Law Firm will commence litigation against one or more Defendant(s) in the appropriate court(s) in the country of Canada, it is further expressly understood and agreed that Law Firm has not made and does not now make any commitment to file or otherwise pursue any particular proceedings of any type, whatsoever, in furtherance of any claims or causes of action against any parties, whether by way of litigation, arbitration or otherwise, and nothing herein or as otherwise discussed is intended or shall in any way alter this undertaking absent express written agreement specifically setting forth any adversarial undertaking and related expenses, in particular."


Binale wala pa rin ng mga kinauukulang opisyales ng Lalawigan ang mga sumusunod na tinalakay noong October:

- Mga Municipal Resolutions mula sa dalawang higit na naapektuhang mga bayan, Boac at Mogpog hinggil sa usapin sa DM LLP (pagkontra sa DM)
- Minutes at pinagsamang kinatatayuan sa huling Round Table Discussion / Environmental Forum noong Sept. 8, 2016 na dinaluhan ng ilang mga bokal.

Personal na inilahad ng Obispo sa pagkakataong iyon na 'unwarranted and unethical' na pagbantaan ng isang abogado ang Lalawigan na idedemanda raw niya ito sakaling wakasan ang dating kontrata. Ipinaliwanag na KARAPATAN ng abogado at ng client na i-terminate/discharge ang kontrata. Sa dating 2005 kontrata man o sa bagong panukalang kontrata man, ay nakasaad aniya ang karapatang ito ng pag-terminate, with or without cause.



Most Rev. Bishop Junie Maralit

Sa naging panawagan sa Multi-Sectoral Forum ay maliwanag na nakasaad ang pagkumpirma ng isang Bokal sa pagbabanta ng abogado. Hindi naman natinag ang mga nakarinig na stakeholders:

As reaction to the sharing of BM Nepomuceno that they were informed that if the Province will get another lawyer (if not DM/Scott), it may be sued even if they do not have the authority to practice in Canada, many participants particularly the SB officials from Mogpog manifested their disgust and reiterated their past frustrations on DM specially Atty. Scott’s behavior on many occasions that threatened its clients, and offended the Marinduque community including its elected leaders, and in ways that as if he was lawyering for Barrick and not for the PGM/Province.  
The participants voted favorably to recommend the termination of Diamond McCarthy/Atty. Walter “Skipp” Scott’s service related to the case without prejudice to their/his being fairly compensated for past services through proper process. (Note: Not even one from participants present manifested support to continue their service). - Multi-Sectoral Forum
Solidarity with Marinduque on the 21st Marcopper Tragedy Commemoration

Samantala naman, may isang grupong nakabase sa Amsterdam, ang Friends of the Earth, (FoE) na nagtipon-tipon kahapon bilang pakikiisa sa mga komunidad sa islang-lalawigan ng Marinduque sa Pilipinas na naging biktima ng Marcopper tragedy noong 1996.

21 taon na, anila, ay naghihintay pa rin ang Marinduque sa rehabilitasyon ng mga lugar na minina at sinalanta ng iresponsableng pagmimina.

Mababasa sa kanilang mga placard ang ganito:

"FoE Stands in Solidarity with those affected by the Marcopper Mining Disaster!"
"People. Power. Now."
Larawan mula sa Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific

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