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22 Apr 2009

The Mindano Examiner [Philippines]

Thousands join anti coal-plant protest on Earth Day [Philippines]

Thousands of environmental rights activists turned Earth Day celebration into protest, denouncing the proposed use of coal-fired power plants in the southern Philippine town of Maasim…In a manifesto…the protesters expressed their strong opposition to the project and called on concerned government agencies and... Conal Holdings Corporation (CHC), to abandon the plan… It said: “…[the] Power Plant …will only enrich the business interest of the dominant local elite and that of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI), holder of the multibillion Tampakan Gold and Copper project ...." [refers to Conal Holdings relationships with the Alcantara Group, Alsons, and SMI]