Mining and Martial Law in Mindanao

A news report yesterday. Mining in Mindanao will benefit from Martial Law more military operations? Maybe yes, or maybe no.

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Improvement in the peace and order situation in Mindanao and the rest of the country is important for business and job creation. But heavy military involvement on top of regular police operations, checkpoints and road blockades can also invite more animosity from the public and hence, potential more armed conflict in the future.

Government should focus on enforcing the rule of law, protection of private property, even without Martial Law. It should enforce existing laws, like the Mining Act of 1995, for all players, big-medium-small mines, and avoid creating new regulations without the benefit of consultations with the affected players and communities. Like what the CA-rejected Gina Lopez did.

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