Manila Bulletin writer debunks claim of meme ‘Manila Bay project destroyed a mountain in Cebu’

A meme juxtaposing two images showing the alleged source of dolomite in the mountain in Alcoy, Cebu and Manila Bay getting a makeover using the dolomite sand from Cebu has been making the rounds online.

The above image showed an embedded text which reads: “Sinira nyo ito!!! Alcoy, Cebu. The image below reads: Para dito…!!! Manila Bay!

‘Yung Katangahan nila very… tanga!’

This is how Manila Bulletin writer and known Duterte supporter on socmed Krizette Laureta Chu reacted to the meme.

Chu rejected the argument made by the meme uploader that the mining area in Alcoy Cebu was destroyed by the little amount of dolomite sands dumped in Manila Bay.

‘This is the Alcoy Cebu mining area, the biggest of all Asia. Hindi yan nasira dahil sa kakarampot na Manila Bay sands.’

Chu said the Alcoy mine has been in operation since 1981, the largest in Asia.

‘This mining area has been in operation since 1981. ULITIN NATIN: LARGEST IN ASIA, OPERATING SINCE 1981’

Chu went on to share what she found out about the Alcoy dolomite mine in Cebu by urging critics to read.

READ MGA HAMPAS DOLOMITE’

“It is known for its large deposit of dolomite mineral. With a size of 571 hectares (1,411 acres) of mining claims and an estimated balance of deposits at 220 million metric tons, since the extraction began in 1981, it is currently the biggest dolomite mining found in Asia.

The mining company, Philippine Mining Service Corporation, is a private company wholly owned by JFE Mineral Company, part of JFE Steel Corporation of Japan.[4]

Chu said the major revenue of the Cebu town comes from dolomite mining while subsistence farming and fishing has been the town folks other sources of income. Chu added that the town is endowed with rich marine resources and the barrier reefs running parallel to one of its barangays looks promising for tourism, especially for diving enthusiasts.

‘For Pugalo the major income comes from dolomite mining. Aside from mining, there is subsistence farming, fishing, and to a lesser extent, retailing and services. Although tourism is not yet an income-generating industry, the barangay has a few interesting natural wonders especially its rich marine resources. It has a barrier reef running parallel to the contour of the barangay’s shoreline. Its coral reefs are among the most diverse in this part of the country.”

Chu said that the mining company is partly owned by a Japanese company and then ended the FB post by sharing the sad and painful truth about mining operation in the country.

‘This is partly owned by a Japanese company—another heartbreaking truth about how mining operates in this country where officials can be bribed as Mayor of this town says the town doesn’t get any revenue from the mining activities. Ask around, the biggest violators of mining practices are not Filipinos but the French, etc, and others who took advantage of the deep seated corruption of this country IN THE PAST DECADES.’

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Source: Krizette Laureta Chu 

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