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Phillipines: Community claims mining operations by Metals Exploration "endangers lives"

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2 February 2009

FCF Minerals Corporation response re concerns over the impact of its mining project in the Philippines

Author: FCF Minerals Corporation

FCF Minerals Corporation, owned by UK-based Metals Exploration Plc, comes out with a rejoinder to set the record straight...FCF...dismissed as a complete fallacy the charges leveled against it...Kathleen Guillao, purportedly spokesperson of the Runruno Land Owners Association...accused the mining firm of committing “environmental malpractices” which “resulted in health problems” and of “deceiving” the community...In a statement, the company said that the charges are nothing but a futile attempt to destroy the good relations the Company has forged with the Runruno townsfolk. “The charges are bereft with an iota of evidence and are a product of her imagination.” the company said, adding that it remains committed to sound and safe mining practices simultaneous with its effort in helping the community through the company’s various livelihood and health programs.

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13 January 2009

Another mining town in Vizcaya cries for help [Phillipines]

Author: Floro Taguinod, GMANews.TV [Philippines]

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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