Pressure continues being applied on the Provincial Government of Marinduque to settle in their case against Barrick Gold for the historic pollution caused as a result of the hugely-polluting Marcopper mine. The ‘take it or leave it’ US$20-million settlement looks particularly pathetic, considering the conditions (including full indemnity for Barrick and that none of the payment will be allowed to go to compensating the victims or the restoration of the polluted environment!). Where this leaves other claimants is also a moot point, as some of the victims are directly suing for compensation. As such a rally was organised to protest against the proposed settlement.
Barrick Gold is a Canadian company in which there is major British investment (see
Barrick Gold controls London-listed African Barrick.