Heavy destruction from the invasion of 3 the illegal Chinese Giants in Sta Cruz, Zambales
not only Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag/Scarborough Shoal) that the Chinese
have occupied. They also have grabbed a slice of mainland Zambales, 108
kilometers east. There Chinese miners rule, stealing nickel ore the same
way they poach fish in the shoal. Bribed local officials abet them like
modern-day Makapili collaborators.
In the West Philippine Sea-side Sta. Cruz municipality, Zambales, operate three Chinese conglomerates:
Jiangxi Rare Earth & Metals Tungsten Group,
Wei-Wei Group, and
Nihao Mineral Resources Inc.
Filipino dummies they have set up five supposed "minahang bayan
(small-scale mines)." The five load ore and unload equipment in one
common pier, betraying the fact that they actually are one.
Anti dummy law protects
the Philippines from unlawful use and exploitation having in its name
or under its control, a right, franchise, privilege, property or
business, the exercise or enjoyment of which is expressly reserved by
the Constitution or the laws to citizens of the Philippines for at least
at least 60% of the capital of which is owned by such citizens and
maximum of 40% for a foreign investors but the Chinese mining firm paid
the local people as dummy to virtually own the 60% while controlling
100% full real ownership. Section 3. - Any corporation or association
violating any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon proper court
proceedings, be dissolved and offering rewards 25% to the informer in
Section 3-A. If dummy will come out they would have a chance to own 25%
of these whole Chinese illegal investment and 75% would be turnover to
five machinate under cover of the People's Small-Scale Mining Act of
1991. Such wee mines are for subsistence quarrymen who use only brawn,
mini-crushers, hand picks, and shovels. Anything but puny, the five
Chinese fronts use sophisticated excavators, drills, crushers, and
explosives. With the heavy ordnance, they level mountains for tens of
thousands of tons of nickel ore a day. (A small-scale mine is limited to
only 50,000 tons in its lifetime.)
of Sta. Cruz cry that the Chinese mines have denuded the forest
watersheds, and poisoned farmlands, rivers, sea, and air. Townsfolk of
adjacent Masinloc, Zambales, and Infanta, Pangasinan, also suffer.
Muddied coastal waters drive small fishermen farther out to sea. But in
the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc, Chinese warships shell them back to
Philippines is now China's main source of nickel. The five Chinese
mines in Sta. Cruz contribute a sizeable portion. Although no exact
figures can be obtained – small-scale mines operate under local
government licenses, beyond the scope of the Mines & Geosciences
Bureau – locals observe at the common wharf the departure of four
ore-laden Chinese bulk carriers per week. China processes the nickel
into hi-tech weapons and surveillance systems – to sabotage the
Philippine military and economy into submission.
Sta. Cruz-Masinloc-Infanta highway is called the "dump truck capital of
the Philippines." Thousands of trucks' tailpipe emissions and ore-load
dust pollute the air to alarming levels. Field monitors of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported on Nov. 15, 16,
and 27, 2012, suspended particulates of 208, 727, and 824 micrograms
per cubic meter, respectively, on the highway. Maximum tolerable is 90.
in the barrios of Sta. Cruz, residents suffer acute respiratory
infections – their top cause of morbidity. From 2001 to 2011, rural
health workers noted an increasing incidence of 4,500 to 8,500 new cases
per 100,000-population per year. Yet the Chinese mines have not
improved local household incomes. (The entire mining industry has the
highest poverty incidence.)
and environment ruin are accompanied by economic and political decay.
By disguising as small-scale mines, the five Chinese thieves are able to
skirt the stringent rules on the big ones. Provincial business permits
can be obtained within days for as low as ₱10,000, and environmental clearances for ₱15,000,
unlike the years-long wait for biggies to be scrutinized. Because
virtually unregulated, the five Chinese mines pay no taxes, duties,
fees, or royalties – for at least the sickened townsfolk's medical
expenses. Provincial officials justify their localized exactions by
pointing out that local governments do not get shares of central
government revenues from big miners. (In 2011 the DENR reported that
three million tons of Philippine mineral ores that were processed in
China were unaccounted for by trade and Customs authorities.)
mayors of Sta. Cruz, Masinloc, and Infanta profess to oppose the
Chinese mines. That the latter continue to operate raises suspicion that
the provincial capitols of Zambales and Pangasinan go over the mayors'
heads and deal directly with pliant barangay officials. Either that or
somebody's lying. The mayor of Infanta was murdered last December.
stories taint the Chinese mines. How they get away with their
destructive ways is a mystery. The Wei-Wei Group entered Botolan,
Zambales, in 2005 via a rushed approval during the Arroyo tenure. It
came right after then-President Gloria Arroyo allowed China illegally to
explore Philippine waters, under a secret, treasonous Joint Seismic
Marine Understanding. Wei-Wei later barged into Sta.
Jiangxi Group joined in partnership with a Nihao Minerals subsidiary.
Officers of Nihao and affiliate Geograce Resources Inc. were involved in
the illegal grant to ZTE International Corp. in 2005 of mining rights
in the gold rush area of Mount Diwalwal, Compostela Valley in Mindanao
With report Jarius Bondoc Opinion published from philSTAR
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