Warning

N. Vizcaya solon cautions DENR execs: Watch your moves

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla on Sunday warned environment officials to be “more careful” in directing a foreign mining company to resume operations and defying an order of stoppage from the provincial government.

Padilla came to the defense of his allies in the provincial government after Environment Sec. Lito Atienza, in a media statement, warned them for doing a supposed illegal act in halting the earth-moving activities of OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. in upland Didipio village in Kasibu town.

“Nobody can stop the governor, not even Atienza. I am warning the secretary, that being a former city mayor, and a person in authority,he should not be violating the provisions of law; he should uphold the law,” the lawmaker said.

On May 6, OceanaGold’s activities in Didipio came to a halt after provincial officials blocked the company’s access roads, enforcing a cease-and-desist order (CDO) issued by Gov. Luisa Cuaresma on April 9 for its refusal to settle its supposed local tax obligations.

The CDO has hampered the company’s efforts to meet its target of starting mineral production in February 2009.

In a media statement, the DENR secretary warned provincial officials against the “illegal act” of blocking the operations of OcenaGold, as he maintained that the province cannot collect quarry taxes from the company because it is not engaged in commercial quarrying.

But Padilla said Atienza cannot issue an order for OceanaGold to resume and violate the CDO, a legal issuance which is based on the authority granted by the local government code.

Citing the local code, the Nueva Vizcaya lawmaker said parties who question the legality of a local government’s impositions based on a local tax ordinance should seek relief from the Department of Justice, then the courts.

“Regardless of his opinion, whatever he says or whatever he does is not binding to the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya. He has no business telling the governor what she can and cannot do,” Padilla said.

“It is Atienza who is out of his senses,” he added, alluding to the DENR secretary’s earlier statement telling Cuaresma to “come to her senses” after issuing the CDO.

The House committee on cultural communities will conduct an ocular inspection to the areas of operation of OceanaGold and RoyalCo Resources, Limited, two Australian companies operating in Nueva Vizcaya, over reported human rights violations on May 29, Padilla said.

He also warned Mario Ancheta, acting Cagayan Valley director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the implementing arm of the DENR in the Didipio project, against enforcing Atienza’s directive.

“If he follows the illegal order of Secretary Atienza, I will see to it that I will make life difficult with him,” he said.

Sought for comment, Ancheta said: “We’re just doing our job”.

Asked whether he will enforce Atienza’s resumption order and disregard Cuaresma’s CDO, Ancheta said his agency will act “depending on the situation on the ground”.

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32 thoughts on “Warning

  1. no wonder the philippines cannot attract overseas investment with all this huha going on you self distruct fighting each other talk about child like minds what a shame

  2. Virgie, you’re starting to sound like an old woman scorned by her 22-year old lover.

    C’mon mate, stay calm, focused. Let’s discuss the issues, not blame an entire race for all its woes.

  3. warning warning alien life form approaching oh its only oceana gold!! let the battle begin!! mabuhay ang kalayaan

  4. i told you mel honey , you dont listen , cop this o porgi one , oceana gold has now hired ms jamila abassa as director of corporate social responsibility, who will be working closely with community relations , she is very experienced in this field so expect action honey bun, perhaps reason will be the winner as all who embrace this exciting project , perhaps now all you desire may be a reality, just luv ya porgi one

  5. warning warning alien life form approaching oh its only oceana gold!! let the battle begin!! mabuhay ang kalayaan

    Tsk..tsk.. That’s all I have to say.

    i told you mel honey , you dont listen , oceana gold has now hired ms jamila abassa as director of corporate social responsibility, who will be working closely with community relations ,

    Two things:
    One, it’s a good thing you now know how to use punctuation marks because previously, your comments barely made sense.. πŸ˜€ Just kidding.

    Two, OceanaGold hiring a new guy (–or gal) for its community relations is, to me, a bitter admission on the part of the company that the previous one miserably failed. Yaiks.

  6. lets stop the bs when the mine goes ahead and it will ,there will be flow on benefits like food shops welding shops , service stations , buses, jeepnies sari sari shops all sorts of opportunities to make a piso or two gees cant you see the trees from the forrest!! the miners will need ulam if your people are smart and you say they are, then get working now !!and an other thing even the squatters are getting money to relocate tell the truth mate no one said it would be easy !!but really the hospital, the new school will happen , you have to cooperate!!, you dont listen !!believe me its true , i am very excited that an aussie kiwi company is going to make a big difference to nueva vizcaya and quirino!! so my sparring partner think about it!! i love the filipino people, i love my poor relatives who struggle to survive from pnemonia and tb, i want your country to show the world how good you can be , you are the founders of people power so tell em!! please!!they will build the hospital,( the are in comunication with the health people) , the new school ,the planting of thousands of trees to replace those chopped down to sell the wood denuding the area i believe and my friend it will be!! god bless you porgi become a believer and you will be saved

  7. Virgie, you only look on the side of Quirino but look! the irrigation going to Quirino is depending on water from didipio, imagine what will those development you mentioned and the counter of poor yield of rice production, Region 2 is depending on agriculture

  8. Virgie, you continue to talk about OceanaGold’s promises, the wonderful life it will bring to the people of Didipio, and to the Filipino nation as a whole. Just great.

    Okay, maybe–just maybe–that will happen..IN THE FUTURE.

    Now, let’s talk about THE PRESENT.

    Chapter one of The Present is this:
    1) Philippine law, specifically Article Three, Section 27 of the Local Government Code of 1991 mandates that:

    SEC. 27. Prior Consultations Required.- No project or program shall be implemented by government authorities unless the consultations mentioned in Sections 2 (c) and 26 hereof are complied with, and prior approval of the sanggunian concerned is obtained: Provided, That occupants in areas where such projects are to be implemented shall not be evicted unless appropriate relocation sites have been provided, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

    The OceanaGold project does not have the approval of the 1) Didipio village council; and 2) the Kasibu town council. The provincial board is now on the verge of withdrawing its 2005 endorsement because of the company’s failure to comply with conditions set forth in that approval.

    If OceanaGold does not comply with the laws NOW, will it do so in the future? Why does it continue to insist on the legality of its operations when it is fully aware of this legal deformity?

    That’s just chapter one. Now, answer this issue, “Virgie”, not bombard us with your BS. I still remember that the first time I raised the issues against OceanaGold, you pledged to bring it to the attention of company bosses.

    P.S.
    Please stop using Virgie’s account if you are not Virgie. πŸ˜‰

  9. Grandma Virgie.. πŸ˜€

    I don’t believe it’s my job to bring this matter privately to Mr. Darren Klinck, whoever he is. My job is to keep these issues public so readers would know who’s naughty and who’s nice; who’s telling the truth, and who’s telling lies.

    Now, if you, or your OceanaGold “mates” really have clear answers to these issues, post them here..

    That simple.

  10. thats fair enough mel, darren is a director of oceana gold you asked me to do something ,i did !!thats why you now have a very nice lady coming to see what are the issues that are causing the problems and there are lots of things you will find out shortly talaga !!oldies are not completely stupid porgi!! ask and it will be given to you selah god bless you mel you are a good person

  11. thats why you now have a very nice lady coming to see what are the issues that are causing the problems and there are lots of things you will find out shortly talaga !!

    Okay, that’s a nice thing. Salamat po. We’ll see how she handles things.. We’ll see..

    One suggestion: she can start by first consulting the people whether or not they approve of the mine, and if they do, the company can now request for endorsement from the local Sanggunians (legislative bodies). These steps will significantly show if OceanaGold really is a responsible mining company.

    oldies are not completely stupid porgi!!

    I never said oldies are stupid. πŸ˜€

  12. Pinadasko itay ti nag-comment ngem saan a simrek. Let me try again.

    The presumed profits to be made from the mining project will be nothing compared to the expenses that will be incurred for restoration works for future generations to be able to live safely and comfortably in that province again.

    The possibility of an ecological disaster will always be present. The presence of cyanide compounds to separate the gold from ore will always be a constant threat to the phreatic water, not only in Didipio but for the whole area where rivers in the province connect.

    Let’s just assume that the foreign company mining this site is responsible enough to prevent leeching and seepage but are we prepared enough to handle massive ecological disasters that may release these poisonous by-products to the open nature?

    Let’s not forget that the Philippines is almost like China and Myanmar. We have our own share of earthquakes and killer floods.

    Our politicians should think again before they decide to continue the project.

    Also posted in Ms. Sherma Benosa’s (your fellow Vizcayano) blog

  13. Hello gayyem.

    Been reading your posts. Tsk tsk tsk. Dayta pay laeng ti makunak.

    Personally, diak kayat a matuloy. Idiay blogko, right now, ket personal feeling pay laeng ti panangatakek iti daytoy nga issue. Bareng maitugawakto ta agsuratak iti nasaysayaat bassit ken adda bassit panpadaganna a laws, etc.

    Thank you for keeping us informed.

  14. ok no mine back to the nga nga work with us and learn

    Well, how about this: tell your OceanaGold to pack up and go home, and watch our people as they go back to nga-nga?

    Leave us alone–and learn. Learn the virtues of respect: for human rights, for the poor, respect for the sovereignty of other free countries; learn that Filipinos value more their peaceful family life, despite being branded as uncivilized and uneducated.

    Watch and learn.

  15. Hello brainteaser, my kababayan..

    Wen ngarud. Sige man tan mapasiarkonto manen tay site-mo.

    Iyan-anosko nga sungsungbatan ta masapol nga iparangarangtayo kadagitoy nga agkuskusapo nga tattao nga haantayo nga pakigtot kaniada uray ti kunada ket nabakbaknangda nga adayo ngem datayo. Panagkunada ngamin ket nalalaingda ngem kadatayo nga Filipino.

    Thanks for the visit.

  16. Haha..you were the one who first brought it up, mate:

    ok no mine back to the nga nga

    How easily do you forget.. πŸ˜€

  17. no forget this is adios you dont want help no wonder your country is a basket case and i really think you are a good bloke what a waste !!stone the crows what a bunch of galahs fair dinkum you dont pack the full scrum, your not the full quid as dry as a dead dingos donger im buying more shares i suggest you do the same because aussie never give in we are anzacs

  18. no forget this is adios you dont want help no wonder your country is a basket case and i really think you are a good bloke what a waste !!stone the crows what a bunch of galahs fair dinkum you dont pack the full scrum, your not the full quid as dry as a dead dingos donger

    You can say whatever you want against my country and my countrymen, “Virgie”, fill it up with all the Australian slang you can muster, but you cannot fool, much less intimidate us. Save for an unscrupulous few who try to destroy the good name of this country, Filipinos are not idiots.

    We are unlike a few arrogant members of a race who do not have a land they can call their own, end up banished in some arid far-away place, so they intrude into other nations to squander their resources, and still have the guts to insult their hosts once they feel unwelcome.

    Eeewwww..

    im buying more shares i suggest you do the same because aussie never give in we are anzacs

    Gotcha..you’re a shareholder.. πŸ˜€

  19. oh virgie the real basket case and kapal muks!
    why do you keep on repeating our nganga?he he we won’t give you our gold and copper.

    you can have nganga instead. i believe it’s your favorite

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