Mayor who close Palawan mine serves suspension

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Brooke’s Point Mayor Jean Feliciano

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY Mayor Jean Feliciano of Brookes Point, Palawan, on Tuesday began serving her yearlong suspension from place of job, following an order through the Office of the Ombudsman that discovered her to blame of oppression or grave abuse of authority for preventing the operations of a mining corporate in her the city in 2018.

Vice Mayor Georjalyn Joy Quiachon took her oath as performing mayor on Tuesday after the Ombudsman, via a memorandum through Interior Undersecretary Marlo Iringan issued on July 15, served the suspension order to Feliciano.

The Ombudsman, in its 23-page resolution promulgated on March 22, dominated that Felicianos movements towards Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC) have been oppressive and unfair when the mayor issued a closure order, a cease-and-desist order, and a demolition order at its mining web site that straddled 4 villages in Brookes Point in 2018.

Our struggle isn’t over but towards mining corporations which simplest intention to wreck our mountains, remove our herbal sources and ruin the long run generations, Feliciano mentioned.

Felicianos camp has filed a movement for partial reconsideration in quest of to study the plain irregularities within the Ombudsmans resolution dated Feb. 19. The order is in an instant executory pending attraction.

An established environmental attorney, Feliciano mentioned she remained unshaken in spite of the chances and would proceed to struggle for the rights of the farmers and agriculture staff as a result of it’s what is true and just right for all.

CLEARED In this picture taken in May 2017, a member of a central authority crew inspects a piece of the mining tenement of Ipilan Nickel Corp. in Brookes Point, Palawan, following studies of tree chopping within the space. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT
OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Machiavellian perspective

Felicianos motion towards INC used to be brought on through the wish to lower greater than 20,000 timber so the corporate may construct its amenities in Brookes Point. Mining operations, which started within the past due Nineteen Nineties, additionally polluted the cities watershed, the mayor mentioned.

But INC, in an electronic mail to the Inquirer, maintained that Felicianos Machiavellian perspective had no position in executive provider, which, it mentioned, thrived at the rule of regulation, consistency and balance.

We have all the time performed our operations underneath appropriate regulations and rules, and stay firmly dedicated to accountable mining. We hope this resolution will permit us to transport towards neighborhood construction and sustainable expansion in Brookes Point and within reach communities, mentioned Carlo Matilac, venture operations head of INC.

Brookes Point citizens, together with participants of spiritual and indigenous peoples teams, rallied in the back of Feliciano. In a July 23 motorcade, they protested the Ombudsman resolution, and expressed their opposition to large-scale mining of their the city.

Feliciano has been instrumental in preventing INCs operations at the same time as the corporate used to be ready to increase its mineral manufacturing sharing settlement till 2025 during the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Lawyer Grizelda Mayo-Anda, govt director of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center, a bunch serving to Feliciano in her felony combat, mentioned civil society teams would control the placement in Brookes Point to make certain that the native executive would no longer railroad the growth of its mining zones.

As early as 2002, there have been a number of strikes to enlarge the [mining] zones. The dialogue in this factor might be long and we will be able to all see how far-reaching the beef up of Brookes Point citizens can provide as a result of they’re towards mining, Anda mentioned.

Brookes Point, thought to be because the meals basket of Palawan, provides rice and greens to its neighboring cities, together with the provincial capital of Puerto Princesa City.

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