National Patrimony

Will you protect the national patrimony and environment by opposing large-scale, export-oriented, and foreign-led extractive industries such as mining and oil exploration? Will you uphold the rights to ancestral land and to self-determination of indigenous peoples and national minorities?


US$11.4 billion – Total minerals exports, 2002-09 (NSO)

  • But 68% of gross revenues of all mining firms in the Top 1000 corporations are of foreign mining TNCs account (Business World)
  • 10,500 people – Number of monitored victims of human rights violations related to mining projects over the period 1994-2005 (Kalikasan)


Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino Jr.

Liberal Party

  • Has no clear stand on the issue of large-scale mining.
  • Says that the effects of mining, oil and natural resources extraction can be further studied and discussed especially with the community.


John Carlos “JC” Gordon Delos Reyes

Ang Kapatiran Party

  • Says that he will repeal the Mining Act of 1995 and have strict policies particularly on large-scale mining to prevent the destruction of the environment.
  • Platform declares promoting: “a safe, clean, healthy and wholesome environment, particularly zero waste management; stewardship as a way of life; and the development of parks throughout the country.”


Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada

Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)

  • As president, vowed to push for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and to investigate the permits issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to mining companies.
  • However, after only a year in office, almost 200 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) were approved covering ancestral lands and some ecologically critical areas.


Richard Juico “Dick” Gordon

Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines  (B.Bayan-VNP)

  • Believes that there is nothing wrong with foreign investors in large-scale mining and natural resources extraction as long as it upholds the way of life of the indigenous people and the country benefits from it.
  • Says that the Marcopper mining disaster in Marinduque in 1996 should not dissuade the government from reviving the industry noting that “Marcopper was more a damage (sic) of people riding on the issue”.


Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal-Valade


  • As senator, filed a bill repealing the Mining Act of 1995 and a bill for the imposition of a total log ban.
  • Believes that foreign mining companies and local politicians who have protected them should be penalized for destroying the Philippine environment over the past century.
  • Says that government and people should push for a real, drastic and not token shift to renewable energy, genuine forest conservation and regeneration.


Nicanor Jesus “Nicky” Pineda Perlas III


  • Critical of the Mining Act of 1995 and supports the passage of the so-called Alternative Mining Bill.
  • Vows to regulate mining operations to make sure that they do not permanently damage the environment and health or operate in watershed and ancestral domain areas; will give priority to small-scale, community-owned mining operations that are ecological sound and socially responsible.


Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro Jr.

Lakas ng Tao-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (LAKAS-KAMPI)

  • Believes that mining should be aggressively pursued for being among the biggest potentials of the country.
  • Plans to revive the mining industry in Central Luzon and Davao.


Eduardo “Eddie” Cruz Villanueva

Bangon Pilipinas (BP)

  • Vows to impose a moratorium on all large-scale open-pit mining until Filipinos are ready to have their own mining projects that protect the environment.
  • Wants to ensure ancestral domains for upland farmers and lead multi-stakeholder consultations in the issuance of Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles.


Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr.

Nacionalista Party (NP)

  • Not opposed to large-scale mining and natural resources extraction and says that investors should follow the same standards as those in developed countries.
  • Platform includes promoting the rights and welfare of indigenous people and migrant dwellers in upland ecosystems.

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