Suspended Brooke’s Point Mayor Maryjean Feliciano shows what she is fighting for
Maryjean Feliciano may be suspended as Brooke’s Point mayor, but she has not forgotten what she is fighting for.
Feliciano is serving out a suspension for stopping the operations of a nickel mining company.
She has not given up the cause.
In a Facebook post, she re-shared photos of the trees that she said the Ipilan Nickel Corporation had cut down.
She said ordinary people would face charges for cutting a single tree even when they are the ones who planted it, but rich corporations are feared by government agencies.
No one from the environment department or the police joined her group when they breached the fence of the mining firm to reach the mountain where the trees that were cut were located, she said.
Had they not gone to the area, the country would not know what the mining firm had done, she said.
She remains unbowed!
“Kung hindi po tayo nagpilit na pasukin at akyatin ang bundok na pinagputulan ng mga libo libong kahoy gubat na ito sa kabila ng banta sa ating kaligtasan, hindi po malalaman ng buong bansa ang ginawa ng Ipilan Nickel Corporation sa bahagi ng ating watershed.
Nakakapanlumo, ang mga mahihirap na tao na pumutol ng isang puno kahit sariling nyang tanim nadedemanda kung walang kaukulang papeles, gayundin, ang paggamit ng hindi lisensyadong chainsaw. Pero ang isang mayamang korporasyon, ay kinatatakutan kaya walang sumamang taga DENR o PNP noong baybayin namin ang barbed wire na bakod ng minahan marating lamang ang kabundukan,” Feliciano posted.