Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla called on President Rodrigo Duterte not to renew the mining contract of OceanaGold Corporation.
The Nueva Vizcaya politiko has been vocal against opposition to the renewal of OceanaGold’s mining contract.
Padilla said OceanaGold has been destroying the environment not only in the province but all over the world.
He said the mining firm “wanted to mine gold and silver in the country’s most important watersheds.”
“For 12 years before that landmark decision, El Salvadoran communities, social organizations, academic institutions, and other key actors have been engaged in a battle to protect the environment, promote sustainable livelihoods, and defend national sovereignty against companies like OceanaGold,” Padilla said.