Tribal hunger striker hospitalized

Gardo Cruzado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QUEZON CITY, Philippines—A tribal protester, one of the 25 hunger strikers demanding the revocation of the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Intex Resources, was brought to the hospital on Saturday night.

The Alyansa Laban sa Mina (Alamin) said Gardo Cruzado was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center after he complained of dizziness.

Cruzado, 38, is one of the 25 hunger strikers from Mindoro island who began their protest fast on Tuesday in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) head office along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

Cruzado is from the Tadyawan tribe and a resident of Barangay Alcate, in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro.

The hunger strikers, two of whom are Catholic priests, are protesting DENR Secretary Lito Atienza’s issuance of the ECC to Mindoro Nickel Project, which covers 11,216.6 hectares of land on Mindoro island.

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