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11 Mai 2020

OceanaGold responded

We take these allegations seriously and stand by our commitment to responsible mining. Regardless of others’ views, we have been committed to ongoing engagement on an effective and genuine basis with all stakeholders of our Didipio Mine. This includes a commitment to respect the human rights of all stakeholders, including those voicing concerns.  We also take seriously our commitment to engage with all stakeholders and recently provided a substantive response to the OHCHR following a statement about the emergency back-up fuel delivery... We operate the Didipio Mine under a Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA)... In June 2019, the FTAA became renewable for a second 25-year term..  After their initial review, the Office of the President requested further clarification on how the company will accommodate the Indigenous People’s Rights Act... to which the Company has agreed... In June 2019... the MGB issued a formal letter confirming OceanaGold’s right to continue to operate while the renewal is finalised. The FTAA renewal is currently with the Office of the President... On April 10... [b]efore the fuel trucks arrived in Didipio, the Chief of Police... had a dialogue with the Didipio Barangay Captain who agreed to the delivery on the grounds it had been approved by the Governor...and Mayor... OceanaGold did not participate in the fuel delivery, but we did engage with the PNP beforehand and shared our common interest for a peaceable delivery given the blockade... 

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