MANILA, May 12, 2015— A group of Mangyans and farmers are seeking support from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to oppose a nickel mining project in Mindoro.
The Kaisahan ng mga Mindoreño Laban sa Dayuhan at Dambulang Pagmimina (Kalasmina) particularly ask the bishops to help gather signatures in support of a petition against the operations of the Intex Resources.
“We hope for the active support [of the CBCP] so that our cause will win,” said Ian delos Santos, Kalasmina spokesperson, in a letter to CBCP.
Kalasmina has recently launched a signature campaign in support of the petition to be presented to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and to the House of Representatives.
“We actively protest the operation of Intex because of its wide coverage, over 4 towns and 2 provinces that causes destruction of lives and livelihood of local communities and farmers,” he said in Filipino. (CBCPNews)