When it comes to continuing mining plunder, Binay is no different from the Aquino administration and their presidential bet Mar Roxas," said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.
was the keynote speaker during the annual international mining conference of the CoMP
, where he
was quoted in saying that his
presidency will be promoting a mining investment-friendly climate "by honoring contracts and by not changing the rules midstream.
also promised the intensification of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), a pillar industry privatization program of the Aquino government.
"By promising a 'business-as-usual' atmosphere in the mining policy, Binay
is effectively declaring his
all-out support to destructive large-scale mining policies and projects being opposed by communities.
statement means he
fully supports the Egerton large-scale mining project in his
home province Batangas, the bloody Tampakan mine project of Australian-owned SMI-Indophil
in South Cotabato, and the rampant Chinese black sand mining in the Cagayan and Ilocos provinces."
furthered that "Binay's
promotion of PPPs in front of large-scale miners is an expression of intent to further railroad mining projects owned by private corporations, instead of nationalizing such a critical industry to ensure its regulation and long-term development pathway.
This means the government will build roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure for the operation of mining companies using taxpayer's money."
Earlier in a business forum, Binay
planned to strike down the 60-40 ownership clause in the economic provisions of the Philippine constitution to attract foreign mining investors to the standardization of 100-percent foreign ownership of mining projects.
has demonstrated himself as a willing mouthpiece for so-called 'responsible miners' who claim they are environmentally and socially responsible.
But these 'responsible miners,' especially the biggest ones that sponsored the CoMP's
mining conference, are responsible for the formation of paramilitary groups alongside military 'investment defense forces' that militarize communities opposed to large-scale miners.
The sponsors of the conference are also replete with track records of severe environmental pollution and destruction, and land-grabbing and economic dislocation," Bautista
Kalikasan PNE, alongside other groups such as indigenous people's federation Katribu and the Defend Patrimony Alliance
, held a protest action outside the CoMP's
conference when it opened last September 15, to demand accountability from the conference's sponsors who are known to have sponsored or benefited from paramilitary groups in the CARAGA
region where Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello and Lumad school director Emerito Samarca was recently killed by the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani.
"If the promises we are seeing from presidential aspirants in the 2016 elections are of any indication, it seems we will see more of the current Aquino administration's legacy of mining destruction and plunder.
Some of the sponsors of the CoMP's
mining conference are the same political funders who supported the Aquino presidency, so we can expect more of the same anti-people, anti-environment policies and programs if mining funds will fuel the campaign of the likes of Binay
," ended Bautista