By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
International groups from 35 countries have signed a joint resolution opposing offshore mining activities in the Philippines.
The resolution, entitled "Resolution Opposing Destructive Offshore Mining in the Philippines," was adopted during the Third International Assembly of the International League of Peoples' Struggle in Hong Kong after it was presented by Philippines- based fisherfolk organization Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) .
Gerry Albert Corpuz, Pamalakaya information officer who represented Pamalakaya in the assembly, said that 339 world advocates representing labor and farmer organizations, environmental groups, human rights groups, civil libertarians, lawyer's groups, migrant organizations, and political parties approved the resolution.
He said advocates from the United States, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Italy, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines vowed to campaign against offshore mining activities in the Philippines, including the 0-million Exxon Mobil oil and gas exploration in Sulu Sea in 2009.
Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center Inc.