MANILA – China’s hungry industries for metals are driving Chinese mining vessels to dredge the country’s black sands along strategic coast lines, and excessive quarrying for earth as fill-up material for its marine infrastructure being built on islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea.
China is chipping away pieces of Philippine natural resources, in continuous large volume.
Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares today revealed that aside from Lobo, Batangas, Chinese dredging ships have also been sighted in Masinloc and Cabangan, Zambales, apparently conducting massive black sand mining operations and putting coastal communities at risk.
“When we filmed our documentary on the West PH Sea last February 16, we observed at least 3 Chinese dredging ships anchored offshore in Masinloc, Zambales. I personally rode a bangka to get near and see the ships for myself. Fishermen also sent me pictures of quarrying ships with Chinese crews in Cabangan, Zambales,” said Colmenares.
“Now our sources from Zambales are saying that there are currently five to six Chinese dredgers in the area. The question is why is the government allowing China to mine and destroy our shorelines?” asked Colmenares.
“Residents in Cagayan, Ilocos, Pangasinan, Zambales, Leyte and Negros have long been complaining about China’s destructive black sand mining activities but they have been ignored. It seems China has become more confident of government support and is now looking at other areas to mine like Batangas,” said the former lawmaker.
“Inagaw na nga nila ang karagatan sa West PH Sea, ngayon pati dalampasigan natin kukunin nila at dadalhin sa China,” said Colmenares. [BicolToday.com]