Leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) group that launched the attacks have laid down a number of demands to concerned government agencies and the mining industry.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, NPA spokespersons ‘Ka Edroy’ and ‘Ka Maria Malaya’ said that into stop the attacks, concerned groups must address four issues:
1. Mining firms must settle royalty fees and other benefits intended for rightful indigenous people affected by mining activities;
2. Address environmental woes brought by mining in the area as soon as possible;
3. Stop all mining operations and construction of the nickel ore processing plants; and
4. Address local mine workers’ complaints of low wages.
‘Ka Edroy’ added that the warning goes out not only to the attacked firms, but to all mining and logging companies in the Caraga region.
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) director Jake Miranda confirmed that NPA made such demands, which were received by the Provincial Crisis Committee headed by Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Forcadilla Matugas.
The four-decade-old rebel group is against foreign mining companies in the Philippines, which they accuse of displacing indigenous peoples from their communities.