Category Archives: Philippine Mining Reform

The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

I thought the country was looking for a way of doing responsible mining. And that the Aquino administration was serious in pursuing this. There are those, of course, who do not believe that responsible mining is at all possible in … Continue reading

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Ang Gulo Gulo Natin!

Conrado de Quiros was never known to mince words. He rapped Manny Pangilinan (“Alien,” PDI, 9/26) for the latter’s now-famous outburst, “Ang gulo gulo nyo!” with its accompanying threat to flee the country for the peace, tranquility and good order … Continue reading

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Business and Investment Stability While the Filipino is Plundered and Raped?

The President of the Philippines has not yet issued his policy on mining. His administration has not yet disapproved with finality the application of the SMI-Xtrata group to operate their environmentally disastrous open-pit mine in Tampakan, South Cotabato. The Jan. … Continue reading

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Fight Vs. Open-Pit SMI-Strata Mine in So.Cotabato Not Over

The fight against the SMI-Xtrata project is not yet over. We are gratified that Sagittarius Mines, Inc. has been denied environmental clearance for the controversial $5.9 billion project in South Cotabato. For the meantime. In a formal communication to Mr … Continue reading

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Gerry Ortega, RIP: His Greatest Pain was Mining

Last Monday, my assistant, Vinci Bueza, was in Manila to interview Ms. Gina Lopez, in connection with her having been unanimously chosen by our Board of Trustees as this year’s graduation speaker and recipient of our Honorary Doctorate for her … Continue reading

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AdNU Supports Urgent Alternative Mining Legislation

An Ateneo de Naga University Stand: After thorough discussion of the issues invoved, the students, faculty, staff and administrators of the Ateneo de Naga University support the Alternative Mining Bill (HB0026). This Bill provides for the protection of people and … Continue reading

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An Urgent Imperative of Education Toward Environmental Responsibility

In the December 15 meeting of the Board of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), there was a reiteration of the CEAP stance against the ongoing degradation of our environment in the interest mainly of foreign investors; disastrously, … Continue reading

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Of Networked Universities Supporting Structural Reform in Local and Global Society

Many of the ideas that were expressed by Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in his address to Jesuit Universities and Colleges worldwide, “Depth, Universality and Learned Ministry: Challenges to Jesuit Education Today,” are of … Continue reading

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