Picket vs mining peaceful

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Friday, February 24, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Cordillera police chief Benjamin Magalong said the ongoing picket against drilling activities of Goldfields Philippines is peaceful.

A Save Mankayan movement was mounted to stop mining expansion as well as drilling of Goldfields within the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation Far South East site.

In the movement, there are close to 400 members for the halt in underground expansion and exploration.

Magalong said there has been no police intervention needed so far as protesters are contained in the picket areas.

The police chief likewise said there have been no sightings of New People’s Army members in the area.

Magalong said the presence of the Philippine Army’s 503rd Brigade is a factor in the keeping the peace in the area despite the tri-boundary factor.

In the region, Abra and Kalinga are under constant police surveillance for violence and NPA sightings. (Ma. Elena Catajan)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 25, 2012.

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