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Another mining town in Vizcaya cries for help [Phillipines]

The Runruno Land Owners Association (Rulanas) through its spokesperson, Kathleen Guillao, lamented that a mining firm [MTL Philippines Mining Corporation (part of Metals Exploration)] operating in...Runruno village remain unflinching to the plight of residents...According to Guillao, MTL’s exploration activities has already cut out a huge portion of a mountain that towers over several sitios in the village, endangering the lives of many families...Four years ago, the two flash floods experienced in Runruno which killed seven people...were attributed by residents to the mining company’s earth-moving activities...Cutting fluids which contain...biological contaminants are used...The toxins may cause skin rashes, dermatitis, esophagitis, lung disease, and cancer...It is feared that...the proper disposal of toxic waste such as old or used cutting fluid, may not have been not be carried out stringently owing to reports that some community members in Runruno are already suffering from various skin diseases.

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