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Mindanao Conversations

After the Zamboanga Standoff of Oct., 2013, Fr. Antonio Moreno, Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in Mindanao, asked for shared communal discernment on our apostolic directions in Mindanao. In response, Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) hosted “Mindanao Conversations,” … Continue reading

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Mindanao Water Summit

  [Welcome Remarks: Finster Auditorium, 22 October 2013] Good morning. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Mindanao Water Summit organized by the Ateneo de Davao University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) in partnership with Tanggol Kalikasan, … Continue reading

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Implementing the ADDU Vision-Mission Further

[Joint ADDU Faculty Address at Start of School Year, 2013-14] Once again, it is my pleasure at the outset of a new academic year, 2013-14, to greet the assembled faculties of our basic and tertiary education units. It is already … Continue reading

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The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

I thought the country was looking for a way of doing responsible mining. And that the Aquino administration was serious in pursuing this. There are those, of course, who do not believe that responsible mining is at all possible in … Continue reading

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Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners (ASM) Should Be Helped

Last 15-16 November 2012, the Ateneo de Davao University sponsored a forum of Artisanal and Small Scale mining (ASM). Its keynote speaker was Mining Engr. Adrian Daniel from Canada; he had been engaged in helping free small-scale mining of environmentally-hurtful … Continue reading

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EO 79: “No go” means “Maybe.”

It has been said that in a contest between “no go zone” and a well-heeled mining company, it is easier to chase away the “no go zone” than to chase away the mining firm. After all, the mining company does … Continue reading

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EO 79 and Social Justice and Mining

[Address: Stakeholders’ Caucus on EO 79 on Mining, Ateneo de Davao University July 18, 2012] No one really talked much about mining when I was going to school. It was one of those activities engaged in by a relatively small … Continue reading

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E.O. 79 on Mining –a Mixed Bag

Tony La Viña of the AdMU School of Government said that the long-awaited, oft postponed E.O. on Mining would be a disappointment for everyone. He was incorrect. The miners are applauding. The E.O. is a mixed bag. It doesn’t please … Continue reading

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Letter to President Aquino: Reject SMI/XSTRATA Mine Proposal in Social Justice

June 8, 2012 His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III President of the Republic of the Philippines New Executive Building, Malacañang Palace J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila Your Excellency: Peace! We are gratified that Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI)/XStrata has … Continue reading

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International Conference on Mining in Mindanao

[Welcome Remarks] In the name of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and of the Ateneo de Davao University it is my pleasure to welcome you to this International Conference on Mining in Mindanao. As a Catholic, Jesuit and … Continue reading

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