The New People’s Army cries “Save the Environment”, but Chamber of Mines of the Philippines alleges extortion after three mining firms in Surigao Del Norte were attacked. The incident left several dead security guards, burned buildings, destroyed mining equipment, and sinking barges.

In a statement, the Chamber called on to its member to stand firm against extortion.
“As a reiteration of our adherence to the principles of responsible mining and good governance, we wish to underscore that our member-companies will never succumb to pressures of whatever form to pay the rebels’ so-called ‘revolutionary taxes.” This is what the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is quoted saying.
 “Even as we ask the Aquino Administration to provide protection for investments in minerals developments – a major component of the Medium-Term Development Plan – we are heartened by the assurances of President Benigno C. Aquino III, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, that the perpetrators of the recent attack will be brought to justice,” the Chamber added.
“We also ask the Palawan anti-mining movement to refrain from spreading half-truths and outright lies in its shotgun approach to stop minerals development not only in Palawan but, effectively, in the whole country as well.”