The drama over the proposed Executive Order of the Philippine President, Nonoy Aquino, continues. There are further hints about its coming out, but when, how – or indeed if – it will appear is now anyone’s guess. A recent article explains that the mining development on Nonoc island remains stalled thanks to incompetence and corruption. It hints at the difficulties any such order will have in dealing with the endemic problems of the Philippine mining industry.
And, while everyone waits, the abuses pile up. Xstrata‘s controversial Tampakan project hits the headlines as communities blockaded the company once again, this time over relocation issues. Although the issue has apparently been solved, it bodes ill for continuing development of the project.