Philippine Activists Call for End to Foreign Mining

Marcopper Site in Sta, Cruz, Marinduque MARINDUQUE, PHILIPPINES – The Philippines has suffered numerous disasters from its mining industry over the decades, creating a legacy of health problems that continue to the present day. Now there is a proposal to reopen one foreign-owned mine with a checkered history, and the backlash from activists who are trying to stop it. When a typhoon or heavy rain hits Marinduque island, many residents along the Mogpog River are evacuated to higher ground. That is because the Philippine government says an upstream dam that…

Dengue Cases Up in Marinduque

The World Health Organization says there is no specific treatmentfor dengue fever and severe dengue is a potentiallylethal complication | Photo: Financial Tribune Four members of the family of my wife in Marinduque are now battling with dengue. Icon, our 14-year-old niece, had fever Wednesday last week. Her mom, my sister-in-law, immediately brought her to Dr. Damian J. Reyes Memorial Hospital, the Marinduque provincial hospital, where she was diagnosed with dengue.   Unfortunately, the provincial hospital could no longer accommodate our niece. She and other dengue and suspected dengue patients…

Today, September 13: Marinduque Commemorates The Battle of Pulang Lupa

 Men of the 29th volunteer infantry wading in Port of Laylay, Boac, Marinduqueon April 25, 1900 The Battle of Pulang Lupa was an engagement fought on September 13, 1900, during the Philippine-American War, between the forces of Colonel Maximo Abad and Devereux Shields, in which Abad’s men defeated the American force.   “The severity with which the inhabitants have been dealt would not look well if a complete history of it were written out.” -Governor General of the Philippines William Howard Taft, concerning the U.S. Army campaign on the…

Pulang Lupa: Capt. Shields’ Letter to His Beloved Wife

Captain Devereux Shields, 29th Infantry Regiment, Company F, United States VolunteersPhoto courtesy: Julia Mills, his granddaughter | Background photo: Pinoy On The Road The following letter was sent by Capt. Devereux Shields’ granddaughter, Julia to Mr. Shepard on August 24, 2010. It was originally enclosed in a postmarked, stamped envelope and addressed to: Mrs. Devereux Shields, No. 617 N. Union Street, Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A. The return address was Devereux Shields, Capt 29th Inf. U.S.V., Manila P.I. Across the top is written – Soldier’s letter. Also enclosed was a pressed 4-leaf…

MIMAROPA to World Leaders: Strong Climate Deal, Please

The Regional Development Council of Mimaropa has adopted a resolutionthat seeks to ‘globalize the resolve of the archipelagic regionto address the ill-effects of climate change | Photo: Rappler MANILA, Philippines – With the Paris climate talks nearing, Region IV-B or Mimaropa is calling on world leaders to agree on a strong climate change agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Eleuterio Raza Jr, Marinduque provincial planning and development officer, said in a press statement that the region has beautiful islands that lures local and foreign tourists, but such natural attractions are vulnerable…