Church agency seeks truce over mining conflict

Philippine church officials have called for government intervention after villagers were injured in protests against an Australian owned mine.

The Philippine Inquirer reports on clashes with paramilitary forces.

Sister Maria Eden Orlino of the Diocesan Social Action Commission in Nueva Vizcaya province said the paramilitary dragged the villagers from the path of a bulldozer trying to breach their barricade.

For more than a year, the Church has supported the villagers in their protest against alleged damage to the environment being caused by the operations of the Australian-owned Oxiana mine.

Scores hurt as residents, militiamen clash at mine site (Inquirer, 29/8/07)
Cops, soldiers intercept cargo vessel carrying nickel ore (Inquirer, 29/8/07)
1,000 villagers turn back mining firm (Inquirer, 29/8/07)
Bishop calls for dialogue over Nueva Vizcaya’s mining row (Inquirer, 27/8/07)
Church, NGO leaders move to prevent mining bloodshed (Inquirer, 25/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Bishops Conference Philippines

Philippines mayor calls on bishop to oppose Aussie mines (CathNews, 7/8/07)
Mining companies modern "Trojans", says Filipino bishop (CathNews, 29/1/07)

31 Aug 2007