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SC affirms denial of kalikasan writ versus Filminera

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The Supreme Court (SC) has sustained the Court of Appeals’ (CA) denial of the writ of kalikasan plea filed against gold miner Filminera Resources Corp. for allegedly harming the environment.

In a recent en banc resolution, the SC dismissed the petition of Ang Aroroy ay Alagaan, Inc., appealing the CA’s March 8, 2017 decision in favor of Filminera.

“There was no proof that [Filminera] violated any law […] which would violate or threaten to violate the constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology that involves or will lead to an environmental damage,” read the resolution.

To recall, the group accused Filminera of contaminating the water that led to an increase in cadmium, cyanide, lead and mercury levels in milkfish and shrimp.

The CA, however, ruled that there was no causal link between Filminera’s mining operations and the purported environmental damage.

It said mercury was already present before Filminera began its operations, and the death of crabs and shrimps was caused by white spot syndrome virus. The court also blamed small-scale miners for the issues.

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