BOAC, Marinduque, 18 January 2008— Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista expressed apprehension over the reported influx of mining companies in the country.
The government claims that the surge of mining firms in the country will further strengthen the economy and bring down unemployment.
Bishop Evangelista, in an interview with CBCPNews, said he is “not confident these companies will adhere to best practices in extracting our minerals especially with the kind of monitoring that our government provides.”
The prelate added “let's accept it: many of our officials are corrupt.”
He said he could only pray for the affected communities. Marinduque figured in a serious environmental catastrophe in 1996 when a tailings pond operated by Marcopper Mining Corporation collapsed burying riverbeds in about three million tons of toxic mine wastes. Farms and marine life were severely affected. (Melo Acuña)