1. Virgin Forest Ravaged

Reports from Tampakan sent to the Bishop revealed that since January 2005 Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) has felled trees and used the lumber for building construction, among others.

Landslides occurred since 2007.

Pressurized water was used to dislodge stones containing precious metals.

Experts from Diwalwal, Davao Norte, were/are employed to dig for minerals.

Explosives were used to facilitate exploration. Tremors were felt in nearby villages.

Toxic wastes, probably mercury, were disposed indiscriminately, polluting streams and rivers.

Barks of trees were removed to cause their death. Muffled chainsaws cut down dead or dying trees. Sounds were heard only when the trees fell.

Much of Tampakan, however, is covered with old growth trees with some waterfalls. Much of Tampakan mountain remains edenic!

Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 532, 21 May 2009)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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