Tag Archives: Mining

More guns to kill more IPs

Fundamentally, the indigenous peoples (IPs) want to be left alone. They want to work their lands according to their customs and traditions, see to the education and welfare of their children, and be happy within the national fold of Filipino … Continue reading

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Laudato Si! and Lifestyle

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, July 13, 2015] What’s disturbing about Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” is that all the environmental brokenness he talks about in a sick world can’t just be left … 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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The Oil of Gladness, Morality and Mining

Yesterday, I had the privilege of facilitating a spiritual recollection for the clergy of the Diocese of Marbel, South Cotabato; some sixty priests, including Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, were in attendance. I broke it down into two parts: the first on … 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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Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in the Philippines

[Welcome Address: ADDU Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in the Philippines] As President of the ADDU it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to this Conference on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM). There have been those who have … Continue reading

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One Year After His Murder, Still No Justice for Fr. Pops

On the first Death Anniversary of Fr. Pops Tentorio, PIME, of Arakan, I reproduce the statement of Fr. Peter Geremia, PIME, Co-Convenor of the Justice for Fr. Pops Movement, with deep sadness. And shame. We recall this day not only … Continue reading

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Ang Gulo Gulo Natin!

Conrado de Quiros was never known to mince words. He rapped Manny Pangilinan (“Alien,” PDI, 9/26) for the latter’s now-famous outburst, “Ang gulo gulo nyo!” with its accompanying threat to flee the country for the peace, tranquility and good order … Continue reading

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“Jesuit Paper” was a set of SJSA “Talking Points” for Deliberation

MVP has referred to a “Jesuit Paper” on Mining. This was not a paper defining an advocacy position but a set of talking points seeking to bring people to discussion and discernment on the contentious issues of mining. I reproduce … 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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