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No to Mining : Protect the Beauty of Sibuyan Island

Sibuyan Island has been called the "Galápagos of Asia", because it has remained in isolation from the rest of the world since its formation. But recently, there’s an ongoing mining issue in the area. 

 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered Altai Philippines Mining, a firm owned by “Plastics King” William Gatchalian, to stop its operations in Romblon due to lack of permits. 

Alyansa Tgil Mina reported that Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and DSWD Sec Rex Gatchalian and Kenneth Gatchalian said the family had connections in Altai Philippines Mining Corporation. Alyansa Tigil Mina said also, the brother of Senator who is Kenneth is a direct benefactor of Dynamo Atlantic Lts according to PCIJ. It was also reported that the company acquired Sibuyan Nickel Properties Dev't Corp. ,a partner of Altai Philippines Mining Corp (APMC).

          (Twitter posts from Rodne Galicha) 

Rodne Galicha, Executive-Director of Living Laudato Si said: “An urgent cease and desist order must be done by DENR to prevent further damage to ecosystems and people. We urge Secretary Yulo-Loyzaga to take action and visit the island for her to see the island personally and talk to the people. Check out the links below:

Jaybee Garganera, Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina, said, “we fully support the calls of the residents and environment defenders in Sibuyan. We demand that the DENR spare no time in issuing a cease and desist order and justly heed and respect the will and sentiments of the Sibuyanons.”

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