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STATEMENT OF SPEAKER LORD ALLAN VELASCO ON THE MARINDUQUE RTC DECISION AWARDING DAMAGES TO MARCOPPER TRAGEDY VICTIMS
25-May-2022, 02:29:13 PM

We applaud the Marinduque Regional Trial Court’s decision ordering Marcopper Mining Corporation to pay damages to those affected when the firm’s siltation dam burst in 1993, killing the Mogpog River and flooding nearby communities with toxic residues of heavy metals and silt. Three years later in 1996, a much worse disaster took place when a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper’s Taipan pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River.... Read More