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Published on Feb 1, 2011
Palawan is the Philippines' last frontier. Known for 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and rich biodiversity, this narrow shaped island attracts millions of visitors, scientists and businesses to its breathtaking natural beauty and resources. Palawan of late is under threat and many of Palawan's concerned citizens are taking steps to stop the threat of destruction caused by unmitigated and careless mining practices. Government laws are in place to protect Palawan but pending mining permits are increasing in alarming numbers.
On January 24, Dr. Gerry Ortega, a Palawan-based radio broadcaster and popular civic leader was shot by a lone gunman in Puerto Princesa. Doc Gerry spoke openly against mining in Palawan . As Project Manager for ABS-CBN's Eco tourism Palawan with Ms. Gina Lopez and Puerto Princesa Mayor Hagedorn, Doc Gerry championed eco-tourism as a better alternative to mining. Doc Gerry was fond of saying and often quoted with "Di kailangan sirain ang kalikasan para mapakinabangan"
At his funeral, family friends and supporters started the 10 million signature campaign to say NO to Mining In Palawan.