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Group to petition DENR against mining in Romblon

Residents of Looc, Romblon in a protest against mining earlier this month. Romblon News Network, file

MANILA, Philippines -- An anti-mining group is set to file its opposition to mining on Tablas Island in Romblon at the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources office in Manila on Monday.

According to the Romblon News Network, the Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining will bring documents bearing signatures of Tablas Island residents opposed to mining there. The group will also bring a letter from Gov. Eduardo Firmalo urging DENR Secretary Ramon Paje against allowing Asian Palladium Mineral Resources to mine in the waters around the island.

The letter claims that the residents of Romblon are opposed to the application, Romblon News Network reported.

In 2011, Gov. Firmalo issued an executive order imposing a moratorium on metallic mining in the province.

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