‘Impunity’

N. Vizcaya mine firms slammed anew for human rights abuses
By Melvin C Gascon

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Three foreign mining companies were assailed last week for alleged human rights abuses they continued to commit against residents in their areas of operation, mostly belonging to indigenous communities.

In a privilege speech, Rep. Carlos Padilla detailed the supposed human rights violations committed “with impunity” by OceanaGold Philippines, Inc., FCF Minerals, Inc. and Royalco Resources Ltd., all foreign firms.

He took to task the Aquino government for its alleged failure to look after the welfare of its citizens.

“Continuing research has led me to entertain the idea that the state is not only remiss of its duty to protect human rights. Worse, it allows its agents to be used by these companies to protect private business interest,” Padilla said in his Sept. 9 speech.

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