A commentary by Bernardo V. Lopez in yesterday’s issue of the Inquirer (Arsenic Mt. Apo, 10/22/03) exposed the threats of PNOC’s (Philippine National Oil Corporation) geothermal power plant to Mt. Apo and the lives of its inhabitants. High concentration of arsenic, a “bioaccumulative” and highly toxic substance, was found in the sample of waste water of the plant site, a river and soil samples from different barangays nearby.
Arsenic particularly attacks the nervous system of a person. A chronic symptom of its ingestion after it has accumulated in the body includes convulsions.
Development is not equal to killing people and destroying the environment. Spare Mt. Apo and the lives of its locals.