Published: Wednesday 15 May 1996

A mining company in Marinduque, 160 kin South of Manila in Philippines, has invited criminal charges from the government for leaking toxic waste into a 25-kni river. The Marcopper Mining Corporation had flouted mining, water and environmental norms by spilling tons of waste into the Boac river in central Philippines, harming wildlife and causing fears of permanent damage to resident's health. The company said that the spillage was just an accident and not a criminal act. If found guilty, the company officials would have to pay hefty fines and serve jail terms of up to six years.

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