NPA harassment of mining firms

Some recent harassment by the communist New People’s Army (NPA), one in Davao Oriental and one in Benguet.

In the Mil-Oro case,

The company, with tenement in the Macambol and Cabuaya villages in Mati City, Davao Oriental, said in a statement that the armed communist rebels are merely justifying their attack on the mining site last May 5, destroying heavy equipment and company vehicles and taking firearms, ammunition and various gadgets.

The NPA’s Compostela Vallley-Davao Gulf command, in a statement on Monday, May 8, claimed responsibility for the attack, which they referred to as “punitive action against Mil-Oro Mining Corp.”

The company… said contrary to the claim of the rebels, their mining area is not within the Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. 
Mil-Oro said their area is six kilometers from the buffer zone identified by the provincial government.

And here’s the Lepanto report.

Very often, NPA attacks are due to inability of a company or rural investors to pay the extortion amount demanded by the rebels. There are dozen plus justifications and alibi given by the NPA and its mother organization, the Communist Party of the PH (CPP) why they engage in such attacks, like they are only “protecting the environment”.

This is among the uncertainties and risks that mining companies have to face in the country, aside from high and multiple taxes, and the bureaucracies and policy changes in the government.

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