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Supreme Court digest and audio recording of oral proceedings on Mining Act constitutionality case [Philippines]

Two petitions challenge the constitutionality of…The Philippine Mining Act of 1995…and various related administrative issuances of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). [Petitioners argue in the first case that] sections of the Mining Act and DAO [Department Administrative Order] 07-12 are unconstitutional because they allow inequitable sharing of wealth contrary to…the 1987 Constitution. The second…questions the validity of the MPSAs [Mineral Production Sharing Agreements] issued by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources…to the private respondents and their predecessor corporations…According to the petitioners…[the] fiscal arrangement is glaringly contradictory to the Constitutional provision…[on] equitable distribution of wealth… [refers to Sagittarius Mines, Oceanagold, TVI Resources and Development Philippines]