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Mangyans end hunger strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/28/2009)
MANILA, Philippines – After staging a hunger strike for 11 days, Mangyans of Mindoro and their sympathizers finally ended their protest Friday when Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced the temporary revocation of the controversial environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for large-scale mining issued to a Norwegian company that would be located in watershed areas and Mangyan ancestral domain.

Atienza revokes ECC for nickel project; protesters end hunger strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/27/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 3) After 11 days of protest fast, the Mindoreños finally ended their hunger strike Friday when Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced the temporary revocation of the controversial environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for large-scale mining issued to a Norwegian company that would be located in watershed areas and Mangyan ancestral domain.

Mindoro nickel ECC temporarily revoked
Intex Resources
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today issued a special order for the temporary revocation of the Environmental Compliance Certificate issued to Intex Resources last October 14, 2009.

Atienza revokes ECC for nickel project; protesters end hunger strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/27/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 3) After 11 days of protest fast, the Mindoreños finally ended their hunger strike Friday when Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced the temporary revocation of the controversial environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for large-scale mining issued to a Norwegian company that would be located in watershed areas and Mangyan ancestral domain.

Top Mindoro execs hail mining clearance revocation
INQUIRER.net (11/27/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—The top officials of Oriental Mindoro welcomed the “tactical victory” achieved by Mindoreños following Environment Secretary Lito Atienza’s temporary revocation of Intex Resources’ clearance to mine on the island on Friday.

Atienza revokes ECC for nickel project; protesters end hunger strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/27/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 3) After 11 days of protest fast, the Mindoreños finally ended their hunger strike Friday when Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced the temporary revocation of the controversial environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for large-scale mining issued to a Norwegian company that would be located in watershed areas and Mangyan ancestral domain.

3rd Mindoro hunger striker rushed to hospital
INQUIRER.net (11/26/2009)
MANILA, Philippines–A third hunger striker was rushed to the hospital after 10 days of food fast to protest Secretary Lito Atienza’s issuance of a mining clearance to Norway-based Intex Resources.

4 hunger strikers say no to Red Cross hospitalization advice
INQUIRER.net (11/26/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—Four hunger strikers have refused to be brought to the hospital Thursday despite a strong recommendation from visiting members of the Philippine National Red Cross.

Calapan city council holds solidarity fast to protest Mindoro mining
INQUIRER.net (11/26/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—The city council of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro is holding a one-day solidarity fast to protest Environment Secretary Lito Atienza’s issuance of a mining clearance to a Norwegian nickel project, an official said Thursday.

Atienza disappoints bishop, hunger strikers
The Daily Tribune

Mangyans, mining and betrayal
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo/Human Face
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/25/2009)
Courage, humility and compassion. These, Bishop Broderick Pabillo prayed, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza would have so that he would correct his mistake.

Mangyan protester appeals to Arroyo: Spare Mindoro from destruction
Bangkok News (11/25/2009)
MANILA, Philippines–A “hungry and weak” Mangyan protester has appealed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to spare Mindoro island from environmental destruction and… (photo: Malacañang)

Church hits big nickel mine project
CBCP News (11/25/2009)
MANILA, November 25, 2009—The impending nickel-mining operation on Mindoro Island is likely to bring curse than blessing, Catholic Church leaders said.

HUNGER STRIKE
Mangyan protester appeals to Arroyo: Spare Mindoro from destruction
INQUIRER.net (11/25/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—A “hungry and weak” Mangyan protester has appealed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to spare Mindoro island from environmental destruction and revoke the mining clearance of Norway-based Intex Resources.

Which Mangyans should be listened to?
Malaya (11/25/2009)
Another group of Mindoreños yesterday asked Environment Secretary Lito Atienza not to revoke the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Intex Resources Philippines Inc. for its Mindoro Nickel Project (MNP).

A challenge to DENR’s Atienza
Dan Mariano/Big Deal
The Manila Times
As of this writing, over a dozen men and women are camped outside the Quezon City offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Most of them are Mangyans from Mindoro island.

Norwegian miner may lose env’t permit
BusinessWorld (11/24/2009)
The Environment department will cancel the environmental clearance certificate (ECC) of a Norwegian miner if proven that it did not hold consultations with resident indigenous people.

RP may cancel Intex’s $2.4-B nickel project
abs-cbn.com (11/24/2009)
MANILA – The Philippines may cancel a mining permit for a $2.4-billion nickel project by Norway’s Intex Resources ASA if a probe shows local communities were not consulted about it, a top official said on Tuesday.

Manila says may cancel Intex’s $2,4bn nickel project
Mining Weekly (11/24/2009)
MANILA- The Philippines may cancel a mining permit for a $2,4-billion nickel project by Norway’s Intex Resources ASA if a probe shows local communities were not consulted about it, a top official said on Tuesday.

Manila says may cancel Intex’s $2.4 bln nickel project
FinanzNachrichten.de (11/24/2009)
MANILA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Philippines may cancel a mining permit for a $2.4-billion nickel project by Norway’s Intex Resources ASA if a probe shows local communities were not consulted about it, a top official said on Tuesday.

Manila says may cancel Intex’s $2.4 bln nickel project
Reuters (11/24/2009)
MANILA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Philippines may cancel a mining permit for a $2.4-billion nickel project by Norway’s Intex Resources ASA (ITXX.OL) if a probe shows local communities were not consulted about it, a top official said on Tuesday.

Bishop hits back at DENR over Mindoro Mining
INQUIRER.net (11/24/2009)
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo hit back at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources over the controversial mining project awarded to a Norwegian firm in Mindoro Island.

Bishop to Atienza: Withdraw Mindoro nickel mining permit
balita-dot-ph (11/24/2009)
MANILA, November 23 — A Catholic bishop urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to support their cause against mining operations by withdrawing the permit to operate issued to a Mindoro-based company.

Bishop dares Atienza to prove pro-life stance
CBCP News (11/23/2009)
MANILA, Nov. 23, 2009—As the hunger strike of anti-mining advocates pressing for the revocation of a mining clearance permit entered on its seventh day, a Catholic bishop dared Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Joselito Atienza to prove his pro-life stance by withdrawing the permit issued by his office to a mining company to operate in Mindoro.

Mindoreños readying raps vs. authorities who OK’d Intex project
Balita Pinoy (11/22/2009)
MANILA–Oriental Mindoro local government officials and their constituents are preparing to file charges against all authorities who permitted Norwegian firm Intex Resources to undertake nickel mining operations there.

Mindoro hunger strike to press revocation of mining ECC
The Mindanao Daily Mirror (11/23/2009)
MANILA – The Mindoro Hunger Strike (MHS), involving 25 individuals belonging to the Mangyan indigenous tribe, local government officials, two Catholic priests and some residents, together with more than 80 organizations nationwide as their support group, vows to take more actions to press the revocation of the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to a Norwegian company on the Mindoro Nickel Project (MNP) in the island province.

Haribon calls for revocation of ECC issued to Intex
Manila Times (11/23/2009)
CONSERVATION group Haribon Foundation called for the immediate revocation of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued to a Norweigian mining company’s nickel project in Mindoro province stressing that the mining project would damaged one of the important biodiversity areas in the country. Blas Tabaranza Jr., chief operating officer of Haribon Foundation, said the group fears that the mining project of Intex Resources Philippines Inc. (IRPI) will result in terrible damages to one of the important biodiversity areas in the country.

Opposing the Mindoro nickel project
Neal Cruz/As I See It
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/22/2009)
WITH the Arroyo administration in an “ala berde” mode, many public officials and opportunistic businessmen are scrambling to get juicy contracts from the government and provide for their future in the last two minutes before it bows out of office. (“Ala berde” refers to the old practice of opening the doors of the movie house to the public for free in the last half-hour or so before the theater closes.) In the last few months left to the Arroyo administration, many government contracts get approved under mysterious circumstances.

Hunger striker rushed to hospital, then discharged
Business Mirror (11/22/2009)
ONE of the antimining protesters who went on a hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last week despite the suspension of an environmental clearance certificate to a Norwegian mining firm was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center on Saturday.

2 hunger strikers taken to hospital
Malaya (11/23/2009)
THE hunger strike of 25 Mindoreños in front of the DENR head office in Quezon City to demand the revocation of the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Intex Resources Philippines, Inc. for its Mindoro Nickel Project (MNP) has a taken its toll on two protesters.

Mangyan hunger striker at DENR taken to hospital
GMANews.TV (11/22/2009)
A Mangyan tribe member from Mindoro Oriental who is staging a hunger strike at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Quezon City was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning.

Hunger strike against Norwegian mining company
The Norway Post (11/22/2009)
The indigenous people of the island of Mindoro in the Philippines has begun a hunger strike against the Norwegian owned mining company Intex Resources and its own government in protest against plans to start a nickel mine.

More join protest to Philippine mining project
Qatar Tribune (11/22/2009)
MANILA Support is coming in for Mangyans who have gone on hunger strike to protest a big mining operation in Mindoro province.

Second Mangyan hunger striker rushed to hospital
INQUIRER.net (11/22/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—One more Mangyan hunger striker was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning after complaining of dizziness, chillness, and stomach pains, bringing to two the number of protesters who have been hospitalized, an anti-mining alliance said.

Pacquiao urged to use ties with Atienza vs. mining
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/20/2009)
A group of Mangyan on a hunger strike greeted Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao when he arrived at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Quezon City on Friday.

Atienza cries blackmail over Mindoro mining issue
The Philippine Star (11/22/2009)
MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Lito Atienza accused yesterday Mindoro provincial and local officials of trying to blackmail the government to push for the immediate cancellation of an environment compliance certificate issued to a mining firm conducting exploration in the island.

Atienza: LGU has last say on Mindoro mining project
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/22/2009)
MANILA, Philippines–The local government of Mindoro has the last say on the controversial nickel project on the island, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said on Friday.

‘No!’ means NO!
The Manila Times (11/22/2009)
WHICH part of the sentence, “NO!” do you not get? In front of your office at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are 25 women and men, mostly Mangyan people, from Mindoro, who are on hunger strike. They are calling for the cancellation of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) you have issued to the Norwegian mining company, Intex, for its Mindoro Nickel Project.

Mangyan hunger striker rushed to hospital
INQUIRER.net (11/21/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) One of the 25 anti-mining hunger strikers camped outside the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been rushed to a hospital in Quezon City, organizers said Saturday night.

Protesting Mangyans get more support
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/21/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—Support is coming in for Mangyans who have gone on hunger strike to protest a big mining operation in Mindoro province.

Priests, Mindoro Folks Continue Hunger Strike
Vox Bikol (11/21/2009)
MANILA, Nov. 19, 2009- A day after the government suspended the environmental clearance it gave to a Norwegian mining firm, protesters on a hunger strike since Tuesday refused to withdraw their agitation till the proposed mining project in Mindoro is junked.

Pacquiao urged to use ties with Atienza vs. mining
INQUIRER.net (11/20/2009)
A group of Mangyan on a hunger strike greeted Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao when he arrived at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Quezon City on Friday.

Pacman’s help sought by anti-mining groups
GMA News.tv (11/20/2009)
Banking on the world-renowned boxing champ’s closeness to Environment Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr., environmentalists called on Manny Pacquiao’s help to support their fight against destructive mining operations.

No delay despite permit suspension, says miner
BusinessWorld (11/20/2009)
A Norwegian miner’s nickel project in southern Luzon will not be delayed despite the suspension of its environmental certificate, the mining firm told the Oslo bourse on Friday.

Mindoro gov’t has last say on mine project, says Atienza
Manila Bulletin (11/20/2009)
Environment Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. said Friday the environmental compliance certificate issued to a Norwegian mining firm specifies the conditions that need to be completed before the start of a project, but the local government units in Mindoro will have the last say on the contested mining project.

Atienza stands pat on ECC suspension
Malaya (11/20/2009)
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza will not bow to demands of the Mindoreños to revoke the environmental compliance certificate issued to Intex Resources Philippines, Inc. for its Mindoro Nickel Project.

Intex defends environmental clearance
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/20/2009)
NORWAY’S Intex Resources ASA is getting ready to defend the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for its Mindoro nickel project, according to president and CEO Erlend Grimstad.

Mangyans to press hunger strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/20/2009)
Some 25 hunger strikers, most of them members of the Mangyan tribe, vowed to continue their protest in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) central office in Quezon City to press for the cancellation of a big mining project on Mindoro island.

In solidarity with Mindoro’s Mangyans
Manila Times (11/29/2009)
The Haribon Foundation strongly supports the indigenous peoples and affected communities on Mindoro Island in their struggle to save and protect the environment and their cultural heritage.

Atienza stands pat on ECC suspension
Malaya (11/20/2009)
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Lito Atienza will not bow to demands of the Mindoreños to revoke the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Intex Resources Philippines, Inc. for its Mindoro Nickel Project (MNP).

Mindoro protesters pursue hunger strike
Manila Bulletin
Mindoro residents, including Mangyans, are continuing their hunger strike despite the 90-day suspension of the contested environmental compliance certificate issued to a Norwegian mining firm for a proposed nickel mining project in Mindoro.

Mindoro residents to push hunger strike vs mining
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/19/2009)
Mindoro residents have decided not to lift their hunger strike even after the Department of Environment and Nature Resources suspended for 90 days the controversial environmental compliance certificate for large-scale mining in a watershed and ancestral domain area.

Mindoro residents continue hunger strike vs mining
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/19/2009)
Residents of Oriental Mindoro continued their hunger strike Thursday to protest a big mining project on the island.

Intex loses Mindoro nickel mining permit
Manila Standard Today (11/19/2009)
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza suspended the environmental compliance certificate issued to the local unit of Norway’s Intex Resources ASA in Mindoro island.

DENR suspends nickel mine’s ECC
Malaya (11/19/2009)
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza suspended the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Intex Resources Philippines Inc. for its Mindoro Nickel Project.

Mindoro’s MNP must be stopped
The Manila Times (11/19/2009)
The Manila Times takes pride in being staunchly green. Our pro-ecology advocacy includes partnership with the Haribon Foundation and other NGOs devoted to the protection of the environment.

Anti-mining group resumes hunger strike
Frontline.ph (11/19/2009)
MANILA, Philippine – Despite the suspension of an Environmental Clearance Certificate for a mining firm in Mindoro Wednesday, some 25 Mindoro residents decided late Thursday to continue their hunger strike.

25 Mindoro hunger strikers not going home yet
INQUIRER.net (11/18/2009)
MANILA, Philippines—The 25 hunger strikers from Mindoro are not going home just yet. This despite the order made by Environment Secretary Lito Atienza suspending the mining clearance he issued to Intex Resources.

DENR suspends clearance for mining project in Mindoro
GmaNews.tv (11/19/2009)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday suspended the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) it issued for a mining project in Mindoro, following protests from residents in the area.

Intex still pursuing Mindoro nickel project
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/19/2009)
Norwegian miner Intex Resources is still keen on mining nickel in Mindoro island after facing a setback in securing its environmental compliance certificate or ECC.

Norwegian miner’s clearance suspended
BusinessWorld (11/19/2009)
The Environment department has suspended the environmental certificate of a Norwegian miner for a $3-billion nickel project in southern Luzon.

Atienza suspends ECC of Mindoro nickel project
BusinessMirror (11/19/2009)
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced that he decided to suspend the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) of a Norwegian mining firm in Mindoro after speaking with local government officials from the provinces of Mindoro Occidental and Oriental Wednesday afternoon.

Protesters stage hunger strike against Mindoro nickel project
The Daily Tribune (11/19/2009)
Twenty five pro-environment activists, including priests and some members of Mangyan tribe, have staged a hunger strike to protest the environmental compliance certificate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued to allow a Norwegian mining firm to mine nickel in Mindoro island’s watershed area.

Gov’t may scrap ECC grant to nickel project in Mindoro
Manila Bulletin (11/18/2009)
On the second leg of the weeklong hunger strike launched in protest against the approval of mining permit for the operation of the Mindoro Nickel Project, the government Wednesday expressed openness to revoke the ECC issued to the Norwegian firm Intex Resources to carry out such project.

Satur: DENR should revoke ECC, MPSA to Intex resources
Pinoy World (11/18/2009)
Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo threw his support for the hunger strikers protesting a foreign mining project in Oriental Mindoro that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources favors over long-term food security.

DENR freezes Intex’s permit for $2.4-B nickel project
abs-cbnNEWS.com (11/18/2009)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday suspended a mining permit given last month to the $2.4 billion nickel project of Norwegian firm Intex Resources ASA following opposition from local communities.

Hunger strike stops mining company
The Norway Post(11/18/2009)
In the Philippines, the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the Norwegian mining company Intex Resources and its Mindoro Nickel has been temporarily suspended, following a hunger strike by the indigenous people of the island of Mindoro.

25 Mindoro hunger strikers not going home yet
INQUIRER.net (11/18/2009)
The 25 hunger strikers from Mindoro are not going home just yet. This despite the order made by Environment Secretary Lito Atienza suspending the ECC he issued to Intex Resources.

Manila freezes Intex’s permit for $2.4 bln nickel project
FinanzNachrichten.de (11/18/2009)
The Philippine government on Wednesday suspended a mining permit given last month to the $2.4 billion nickel project of Norwegian firm Intex Resources ASA following opposition from local communities.

Intex shares, mining permit frozen
Reuters (11/18/2009)
Share trading in Norwegian firm Intex Resources ASA is halted by the Oslo Stock Exchange after a 8.2 percent fall to a 10-week low for the stock following the suspension of a mining permit in the Philippines.

Manila freezes Intex’s permit for $2.4 bln nickel project
Reuters (11/18/2009)
The Philippine government on Wednesday suspended a mining permit given last month to the $2.4 billion nickel project of Norwegian firm Intex Resources ASA following opposition from local communities.

DENR suspends clearance for Mindoro mine
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/18/2009)
The DENR has suspended the environmental clearance it gave to a Norwegian mining company for a big project in Mindoro, a national anti-mining network said Wednesday.

Arroyo wants Atienza to explain Mindoro mining clearance
INQUIRER.net (11/18/2009)
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants an explanation from Environment Secretary Lito Atienza why he allowed a Norwegian firm to mine nickel in Mindoro despite mining bans issued by the island’s local governments.

Group opposes mining, launches hunger strike
Sun Star (11/18/2009)
The Palace is asking Environment Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. to look into the concerns and complaints of several groups led by the Alyansa Laban sa Mina following the impeding operation of a nickel mining project in Oriental Mindoro.

Priests, ethnic minorities go on hunger strike to protest operation in Philippines of Norwegian mining firm
PinoyPress (11/18/2009)
HONG KONG– Two Catholic Priests and a group of indigenous people from Mindoro Island have commenced a hunger strike of indefinite length in Manila to protest an impending mining operation by a Norwegian company.

Indigenous groups oppose mining firm’s ECC
The Manila Times (11/18/2009)
Twenty-five people, including 16 indigenous peoples from Mangyan tribe, are staging hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City to press Secretary Lito Atienza to revoke the ECC issued to a Norweigian mining company’s nickel project in Mindoro province.

Hunger strike protests grant of mining clearance
Malaya (11/18/2009)
Twenty-five individuals began a hunger strike in front of the DENR office in Quezon city to call for the immediate revocation of a mining clearance issued by Environment Secretary Lito Atienza to a Norwegian nickel mine in Mindoro last Oct. 14.

Protesters on hunger strike against mining on Mindoro Island
AsiaNews
Two priests and 25 tribal leaders from Mindoro Island (200 kilometres south of Manila) have gone on a hunger strike to stop three nickel mine operations that will eventually cover almost 20 per cent of the island’s land mass.

Protesters to launch hunger strike against nickel mining
Indian Catholic (11/18/2009)
CALAPAN CITY, Philippines : Environmental activists will go on hunger strike Nov. 17 in protest over a Norwegian company’s proposed nickel mines on Mindoro island.They want the company, Intex Resources, stripped of an ECC issued by the DENR.

Protesters to launch hunger strike against nickel mining
Herald Malaysia (11/18/2009)
CALAPAN CITY, Philippines : Environmental activists will go on hunger strike Nov. 17 in protest over a Norwegian company’s proposed nickel mines on Mindoro island.They want the company, Intex Resources, stripped of an ECC issued by the DENR.

Palace asks Atienza to explain issuance of ECC for Mindoro nickel operation
Manila Bulletin (11/18/2009)
Malacañang Tuesday asked Environment Secretary Lito Atienza to explain his purported spurious and railroaded issuance of the ECC for the operation of the Mindoro Nickel Project following the weeklong hunger strike that started in protest of the ECC approval amid the opposition of local government units, Church leaders, and civil society groups from Mindoro provinces.

25 hunger strikers protest mining activities in Mindoro
Business Mirror (11/18/2009)
Twenty-five antimining protesters from the provinces of Mindoro Oriental and Occidental will stage an indefinite hunger strike starting today to denounce the issuance of an ECC for the nickel-extraction project of a Norwegian mining company in the province.

Group launches hunger strike vs mining project in Mindoro
GMANews.tv (11/172009)
Residents of Mindoro Oriental have launched an indefinite hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City to protest a mining project in the province.

Solon wants DENR probed for allowing 3 mining firms to operate in Mindoro
INQUIRER.net (11/172009)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources should be investigated for approving the mining applications of three giant mining firms in the Mindoro provinces.

Mindoro slams approval of nickel project
Manila Bulletin (11/172009)
Some 25 Mindoro residents have declared a hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Quezon City to protest the issuance of environmental compliance certificate for the operation of a nickel project by a Norwegian mining firm in Mindoro province, despite a 25-year mining moratorium in the province.

Priests, ethnic minorities go on hunger strike to protest mining operation in Mindoro Island
The Mindanao Examiner (11/172009)
Two Catholic priests and a group of indigenous people from Mindoro Island have commenced a hunger strike of indefinite length in Manila to protest an impending mining operation by a Norwegian company, the Asian Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.

Priests, ethnic minorities go on hunger strike to protest operation in Philippines of Norwegian mining firm
PinoyPress (11/17/2009)
Hong Kong–Two Catholic Priests and a group of indigenous people from Mindoro Island have commenced a hunger strike of indefinite length in Manila to protest an impending mining operation by a Norwegian company.

Anti-Mindoro mining farmer stages hunger strike in Rome
INQUIRER.net (11/172009)
At the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Summit on Food Security in Rome, young farmer from Mindoro island went on a hunger strike to protest a mining project in his province.

Protesters to launch hunger strike against nickel mining
Union of Catholic Asian News (11/172009)
CALAPAN CITY, Philippines (UCAN) — Environmental activists will go on hunger strike Nov. 17 in protest over a Norwegian company’s proposed nickel mines on Mindoro island.

25 Mangyans, priests on hunger strike to protest Norwegian nickel mine
INQUIRER.net (11/172009)
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Twenty five Mindoreños, mostly members of the indigenous Mangyan community, on Tuesday launched a hunger strike to call for the immediate revocation of a mining clearance issued by Environment Secretary Lito Atienza to a Norwegian nickel mine on Mindoro island.

Atienza wants dialogue with groups opposing mining in Mindoro
Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/15/2009)
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza has called on those opposed to a large mining project in Mindoro to sit down to a dialogue.

Pimentel hits issuance of ECC to Mindoro mining project
The Philippine Star
Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. raised objections to the DENR’s issuance of an environment clearance certificate to a foreign mining venture in a watershed area in Mindoro in total disregard of the strong objection of the provincial folk against it.

Mangyans, priests protest mining project
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Mangyans and priests, supported by bishops, are taking their protest to Metro Manila and will go on an indefinite hunger strike beginning next week to protest mining operations that they fear will destroy a contiguous watershed area in Oriental Mindoro.

Furious about environmental authorisation in Mindoro
Norwatch
Intex Resources has received environmental authorisation for its nickel project on Mindoro island. The central authorities in the Philippines have thereby ran over the local authorities, who are strongly opposed to the mining project.

Nickel mining project nixed
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Local officials of Mindoro are up in arms over the granting of an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to a nickel mining project that could threaten Tamaraw conservation areas and the popular Puerto Galera resort.

Mindoro executives hit ECC for mining project
The Philippine Star
Provincial and local officials as well as Church-based and non-government organizations in Mindoro have declared “war” against the move of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary

Mindoro officials score Atienza on ECC issuance
The Manila Times
Local government officials in Mindoro on Friday (November 6) questioned the validity of the environmental compliance certificate issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to a Norwegian based mining company despite an outstanding 25-year mining moratorium in the province.

Mindoro execs threaten to sue Atienza over ‘patently illegal’ mining clearance
INQUIRER.net
The two governors of Mindoro island have threatened to sue Environment Secretary Lito Atienza for a “patently illegal” issuance of an environmental clearance to a Norway-based mining firm.

Mindoreños call for Atienza’s ouster over ‘railroaded’ mining clearance
INQUIRER.net
About 5,000 demonstrators carrying mock coffins marched through downtown Calapan City to protest Environment Secretary Lito Atienza’s “railroaded” issuance of an environmental clearance to a Norwegian mining project on Mindoro island.

Mindoro folk rally vs ECC to mining firm
Pinoyi/Dateline Philippines
Around 5,000 protesters marched in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro Friday for a mock funeral highlighting their outrage over the grant of an environmental compliance certificate to the Mindoro Nickel Project of Norwegian mining firm Intex Resources.

Mindoro rally scores ECC given to nickel mine company
Philippine Daily Inquirer
A mock funeral procession was held by 2,000 people on Friday here to protest the issuance of an environmental compliance certificate by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to Intex Resources Corp.

Hunger strike set vs ECC for Mindoro nickel mine
Pinoyi/Dateline Philippines
Angry residents of Mindoro Island will stage a hunger strike at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources main office in Quezon City to press Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza to revoke the environmental compliance certificate he granted to Norway’s Intex Resources to operate the Mindoro Nickel Project.

Mindoro alliance protests DENR’s approval of mining project
INQUIRER.net
A multisectoral alliance in Oriental Mindoro is set to fast and hold a prayer vigil in a bid to compel the environment department to protest the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ issuance of a mining clearance to Norwegian-based Intex Resources.

DENR issues ECC to Mindoro nickel project
The Philippine Star
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has finally issued an environmental compliance certificate for the controversial Mindoro nickel project of Norwegian-owned Intex Resources.

Mindoro nickel project gets green light from DENR
INQUIRER.net
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued an environmental compliance certificate for a nickel mining project of the Norway-based Intex Resources on Mindoro Island.

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  1. Press Release
    November 13, 2009
    DENR ASSAILED FOR ISSUING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE
    TO MINDORO NICKEL MINING VENTURE

    Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for issuing an environment clearance certificate (ECC) to a foreign mining venture in Mindoro island in a water-shed area in total disregard of the strong objection of the provincial folk against the activity due to its potentially harmful effects on agriculture and human health.

    Pimentel said the issuance of the ECC, which is tantamount to a go-signal to start nickel mining, is the height of insensitivity and arrogance because the local government units and all sectors in Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental are united against this activity due to the environmental havoc that it could bring to the agriculture-rich island.

    “Environment and natural resources authorities should have disallowed the mining project because water-sheds are protected areas and are off-limits to mining,” the minority leader said.

    “The authority of the DENR to issue mining permits should be exercised based on what is good for the people from whom all the powers of government emanates.”

    In fact, Pimentel said the duty of the government to protect uphold the general welfare of the citizens as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution and the Local government Code.

    Likewise, he said the Mining Code of l995 specifically provides the consent of the indigenous people and other residents of communities around the mining sites before the government can allow any mining operation.

    Pimentel said the nickel project of the Intex Mining Corporation can by no means be justified because it would endanger the critical watershed reservation areas in the mountain range between Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental.

    He said the degradation and destruction of the protected watershed areas would threaten the irrigation of vast agricultural lands, specially ricefields, and pollute the source of drinking water for the local populace.

    Pimentel reminded DENR Secretary Lito Atienza that one of his predecessors, former Secretary Heherson Alvarez, in fact, cancelled the permit for the Mindoro Nickel Project in 2002 because it would cause “irreparable damage to the environment which will cost human lives, health and livelihood capacity of our farmers and fisherfolk, endangering the food security of our people.”

    “The DENR’s action in allowing the nickel mining operation defies logic because the law invoked by the mining proponents, the Mining Code expressly provides that watershed reservations are closed to all kinds of mining, logging and quarrying activities,” he said.

    He said mining invariably involves the cutting of trees in the forest and the use of toxic chemical substances. Aside from this, he said mine tailings are dumped into the rivers that not only poison and pollute the waters but also cause heavy siltation of waterways.

    Pimentel stressed that while mining may be a source of wealth that can stimulate the economy, it should be done following the best practices of the world.

    Pimentel was informed by Mindoro Occidental Governor Josefina Sato that the legislative councils of her province, as well as affected municipalities, have passed ordinances banning any form of mining but this failed to dissuade the DENR from issuing the ECC to the mining venture.

    He commended Gov. Sato and other local government executives for holding their ground in opposing the mining project.

    Sato complained to Pimentel that Atienza, instead of looking into their appeal to stop the Mindoro Mining Project, rebuked them for their stand and told them to respect the authority of the DENR to grant mining permits.

    Pimentel underscored the need for the government to reorient its mining policy in the light of the massive devastations triggered by recent typhoons, which were aggravated by landslides caused by soil erosion which could be partly traced to indiscriminate mining activities.

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