Calls on Church, legislators to probe hiring and use of AFP's military troops to protect mining operationsKalikasan PNE Press Release
31 January 2008
An environment group today slammed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) by acting as 'guns for hire' by mining firms, after media reports today disclosed that the AFP's 7th Infantry Division has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to secure and guard 3,700 hectares controlled by DMCI Mining Corp. (DMCIMC) in Sta. Cruz, Zambales following reassurances by the AFP's Chief of Staff that the Army would help provide security for mining firms.
"The AFP's employment as 'guns for hire' for mining firms is a dangerous precedent. This should be immediately probed by Congress and stopped right in its tracks," said Clemente Bautista Jr., National Coordinator of Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).