Mining-free Marinduque?

Copper mine waste spilled in Boac River, killing fish in this 1996 photo -AFP A lawmaker has proposed to declare Marinduque as a mining-free zone, citing the continued threat of the Marcopper toxic spill nearly two decades after the 1996 disaster. Rep. Regina O. Reyes, who represents the lone district of Marinduque, filed House Bill 5566, which seeks to declare a total mining ban in the province.“The province of Marinduque has been enduring the detrimental consequences of the 1996 mining disaster and its aftermath,” Ms. Reyes said in a statement…

New Marinduque Bishop to be Ordained on March 13 in Lipa, Installed in Boac on March 17

Msgr. Marcelino A. Maralit Bishop-elect Msgr. Marcelino Antonio Maralit will be ordained March 13 and formally installed as head of the Marinduque diocese March 17, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said Friday. The CBCP said Maralit, 45, who Pope Francis appointed last Dec. 31, will be the fourth bishop of the Boac diocese upon his installation. At the time Pope Francis named him Bishop-elect of Boac, Maralit was parish priest of Alitagtag, Batangas. Maralit had been a priest from the Archdiocese of Lipa since 1995, and has served…

Governor Reyes Faces Graft Raps

Governor Carmencita Reyes Marinduque Governor Carmencita O. Reyes is facing graft and corruption charges before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) for allegedly delaying the construction of the airport runway in Gasan town. In filing a joint criminal complaint, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and ex-Marinduque Board Member Melecio Go also asked the OMB to suspend Reyes so that the cementing of the runway can be completed. It states the Department of Transportation and Communications awarded in 2013 the cementing of the runway to three contractors, including Sargasso Construction…

Chasing Fire: The Ups and Downs of Beverly May Grimaldo of Torrijos, Marinduque

Inspector Beverly May P. Grimaldo While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant to chase it. Firefighters spend everyday of their lives waiting to be called to respond to hazardous fires, teaching communities about fire prevention, and inspecting buildings to make sure they adhere to the Fire Code. It’s a job dominated by men, but this did not stop Inspector Beverly May Grimaldo from chasing fire. While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant…

Nevada Court Hears Barrick Gold – Philippines Province Appeal

The protest in Nevada on the Marinduque, Philippines caseagainst Barrick Gold has generated a lot of press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s but has been unable to find a court to hear its claim for damages is asking Nevada’s highest court to rekindle a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp. Attorney James McCarthy pleaded with six Nevada Supreme Court justices Tuesday to let the Province of Marinduque sue in Nevada because the Toronto-based mining company has substantial…