Philippines ‘flashmob’ protest on International Women’s Day outside of Xstrata’s offices. Photo: ATM
Following recent Government pronouncements in favour of both Xstrata and Philex, the latest announcement concerns the lifting of a mining application moratorium that has lasted over two years. Cynics point out how the timing coincides with forthcoming elections, and the need of politicians to finance their expensive campaigns. The decision comes shortly after nationwide vigils to mark the 13th anniversary of the much reviled Philippine Mining Act, and to mark international women’s day there was a female ‘flash mob’ protest dance outside of Xstrata’s offices in Manila.