The Philippines should be a global superpower in mineral production: It sits on the world’s 3rd-largest deposit of copper and is rich in gold, nickel and zinc reserves.
The reason it isn’t yet is partly due to the successes of anti-mining activists in this mixed Christian and Muslim nation. This was pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article two years ago.
Here on Change.org, we have a more recent example. Philippine activists have started an online petition to fight one particular deadly mining project and many others they foresee coming down the line.