Indigenous Miners help China Loot the P…

China’s mining industry has found both a literal and figurative gold mine in the Philippines through some of estimated 500,000 small-scale miners operating throughout more than 30 of the Philippines’s 80 provinces. Two decades ago the government pushed through the People's Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991, and more recently, the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, which gives indigenous miners priority rights over mining applications. These applications, which bar the use of explosives, cyanide, mercury and heavy or sophisticated drilling machines, skiploaders and excavators, are granted by local governments for a mere P10,000 (US$241).

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