Philippines Access to Justice: FY07 Success Story
Jan 1, 2007

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TAI Philippines case study leads to pursuit of criminal cases for environmental negligence against officials of a copper mining company operating in the Philippines.

Several criminal cases were filed at the Municipal Trial Court of Boac, Marinduque, in August 7, 1996 against executive officers of Marcopper Mining Corporation during the time of the Boac River Disaster of 1996. The cases alleged that due to negligence of the officials, mine tailings spilled into the Boac River causing its death and all its biota and affected the people’s health and livelihood. The trial was stalled because of preliminary orders made in the Trial Court. These were appealed and in Feb 2006 the Philippines Supreme Court ordered the Court of origin to continue the trial.

The TAI case study enabled CSO partners in the Philippines to discover that the case had not progressed even after the Supreme Court decision. The TAI Case Study led to advocacy and lobbying by CSOs – pressuring the Department of Justice to expedite the pursuit of the case and for the Supreme Court to provide a copy of its decision to the Municipal Trial Court of Boac and to the panel of prosecutors handling the case.