Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

by Leonard Postrado -
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

Palawan tribes go cyber to keep out nickel mineral

Melody Kemp -
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PALAWAN – When big global mining companies set their sights on the Philippine island of Palawan, one of the world’s remaining ecological hotspots and home to many traditional tribes, little did they suspect their China-backed, billion-dollar extraction plans would be met by social media-fueled resistance.

Indigenous people in Palawan have organized globally to raise awareness about their plight and to save their ancestral lands from planned large-scale mining.

NCIP execs to correct flaws in mining document

Zaff Solmerin -
Date of publication: 
1 February, 2012

OFFICIALS of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) have admitted responsibility in the negligence of a field-based investigation (FBI) in the consultation process that has delayed the issuance of a document that would have allowed mining operations in Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

NCIP Commissioner Dionesia Banua, who also represented Chairman Zenaida Pawid, made the admission in a meeting called by the Ombudsman aimed to amicably settle the rift between tribal leaders from Palawan and the NCIP commissioners earlier charged for inaction on the result of the consultation approvin

Justice remains elusive for slain environmentalist

Jonathan Mayuga / Correspondent -
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2012

ONE year after he was murdered, justice continues to evade Palawan environmental advocate and journalist Dr.

Mining proponents, opponents slug it out in Senate

Neil A. Alcober -
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2011

Anti-mining advocates presented their case on the ill effects of mining before the Senate committee on agriculture.

The group “Save Palawan Movement” insisted that irresponsible mining practices in the country have resulted in the reduction of forest cover, water pollution, and displacement and health problems of farmers, fisher folk and indigenous communities.

The Save Palawan Movement is a multi-sectoral coalition that launched a “No to Mining in Palawan” signature campaign in the hope of putting an end to mining activities in the province, known as the Philippines’ last ecol

Killing of anti-mining Italian priest condemned by environmental activists

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
17 October, 2011

Environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment today condemned the recent killing of an Italian missionary active in opposing large-scale mining plunder and advocating for indigenous people’s rights in Mindanao.

“We strongly condemn the killing of Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio. Fr. Pops, as local folks fondly call him, is a man for the masses particularly the indigenous people. Before the time of his death, Fr.

Chinese Investors Face Angry Crowd of Protesters on Palawan Island

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2011

Indigenous peoples and farmers gathered in Brooke’s Point city this week to protest against another mining threat on Palawan Island. Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) reports.

On 10 November, indigenous peoples and farmers led by people’s organizations such as ALDAW gathered in Brooke’s Point city proper to protest against the mining plans of the Jinchuan Group Ltd. ( The company has signed a memorandum of agreement with MacroAsia Corporation for joint investments in Palawan, estimated to reach $1 billion.

Privilege Speech of Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat

House of Representatives
Date of publication: 
6 June, 2011

I would like to address you today on the various violations to the civil and political and collective rights my fellow indigenous peoples in the country brought to the attention of my committee. Majority of the said cases that we investigated involves irregularities in the implementation of the FPIC requirement of many mining applications and the adverse impacts of mining to indigenous communities.

Through our strong struggle to defend our lands, we have survived the colonial rule of the Spaniards and the Japanese.

Group seeks mining ban in ancestral lands

Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of an indigenous people’s (IP) group from Palawan sought yesterday to stop the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) from issuing permits to mining companies encroaching on ancestral lands in the province.

Tribal leaders belonging to the Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) Indigenous Network trooped to the House of Representatives yesterday and met with some congressional leaders to seek their support in stopping mining activities in ancestral lands in Palawan and other parts of the country.

The group, led by ALDAW chairman Artiso Mandawa, met w

Mining firm gives up exploration permit to support eco-tourism

PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
28 April, 2011

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – MacroAsia Corporation (MacroAsia) has voluntarily given up its mining exploration permit application (EPA) covering 4,500 hectares of land that traverse the municipalities of Roxas and San Vicente in an endeavor to strongly support the eco-tourism undertakings of the provincial government in Northern Palawan.

In a letter sent to Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus on March 31, MacroAsia VP-Mining Operations Ramon N.