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Petition to Save the Verde Island Passage in Batangas (Philippines)

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by Joe Cool, May 28, 2015.

  1. Joe Cool

    Joe Cool Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: GVRD, BC Canada

    I am urging everyone to read and sign this petition https://www.change.org/p/denr-unite...&utm_source=signature_receipt#petition-letter to save the famous Verde Island Passage (covers Anilao, Puerto Galera, Verde Island, and other dive sites around this area) in Batangas, Philippines, from a Canadian-Australian Mining firm's push to conduct gold mining activities in Lobo, Batangas.

    I am quoting a story written by Mr. Jarius Bondoc of the Philippine Star Newspaper about this matter. The following is taken from this webpage (Destructive mining set in most bio-diverse zone | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com ):

    Last edited: May 29, 2015
  2. annasea

    annasea Solo Diver

    Thanks for sharing this, JC. I doubt it'll help, but I sure hope I'm wrong. :wink:
    Joe Cool likes this.
  3. Joe Cool

    Joe Cool Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: GVRD, BC Canada

    While the petition's intentions are well, I believe the aim for 1000 signatures is very short sighted. The 1000 signature target can definitely be exceeded but I do understand your doubts especially if it involves corrupt local authorities. There is no guarantee that the DENR will listen and even give it a thought. It seems that this Canadian-Australian mining venture is at the brink of being given a green light to start operations. I have a very good feeling that many concerned residents and business people living along the Verde Island passage are voicing out their concern through local channels. However, I do not know if they are making any progress. Media exposure is lacking. This petition is a small step but, who knows, it could snowball into something big that no local authority can just easily ignore.


  4. LarryOne

    LarryOne Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
    Just signed the petition as it would be a shame to have such a beautiful place destroyed and it is interesting to read how the locals would just be moved somewhere else......this is a case where the FBI should be getting involved and looking at grabbing the Principals of the Canadian company for wire fraud as the bribes to the local officials obviously went throught the global banking system. Did some research and found that the mining company is privately held which of course heightens the bribery probability. There appears to be a lot of shell companies involved in this structure which is a red flag for fraud as well. Too bad it is not publicly traded so one could start a crowd funded short selling campaign.
  5. StefinSB

    StefinSB ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Signed and posted on fb
  6. Joe Cool

    Joe Cool Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: GVRD, BC Canada
    LarryOne, even though I did not start the Change.org petition, I thank you (and others like you) for sparing some of your time to sign it and actually doing some digging on the mining company. In your post, you probably meant to say NBI which is the Philippine equivalent of the FBI in the US. Sad to say, the NBI usually does not move on its own unless someone or something files a complaint and request for investigation such as the DOJ or Department of Justice.

    Bribery between local government and private companies is a common but discreet practice in the Philippines. You'll need a whistle-blower who can testify on it in order for you to initiate an investigation by the NBI or Police. The scary thing is that some people within the NBI and Police can be bribed by the accused, too. So, your efforts may be easily countered especially if big money is involved. The best thing to do is to expose the culprits out in the open using social media. Then, let the proper authorities, those who need brownie-points and positive exposure (Note: General Elections in 2016) run with the expose and start an official inquiry into it.

    I do not know the author of this petition and I am not sure how he will deliver it to the authorities. I just hope he has a good plan in place. Hopefully, he does not end up being harassed or even threatened by the mining firm and/or the local authorities who stand behind them. Activists and even radio/media journalists have received death threats or have been victims of paid hitmen just because they are very vocal about mining firms or forestry firms doing damage in their local area of operation.

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