OPEN-pit mining can be best described as this. A “tubong lugaw“ operation that involves gouging the earth for minerals. The ruined land—a place ruined for life—is deserted hurriedly after the virtual theft of the wealth of the patrimony. No life will regenerate in those ruined, mined places for a million years.
In Mr. Duterte’s Mindanao, open-pit mining has created vast swathes of non-redeemable wastelands.
We do not know which of the two is worse—narco-politics or open-pit mining operations by well-connected companies and individuals. By the reckoning of environmental scientists, open-pit mining is worse as it eviscerates Mother Earth, and its human inhabitants, on the scale of Armageddon.