Flon Faurillo /
As a result of its Jan.
29 pastoral letter, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
is now at loggerheads with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the issue
of large-scale mining. In the pastoral letter, the CBCP reaffirmed its
1998 stand calling for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 because it
“destroys life.” In contrast, Macapagal-Arroyo is an aggressive promoter
of the Mining Act. Her administration is banking on foreign investments in
the mining sector to prop up the ailing economy and has been generous in
granting licenses to big multinational mining corporations which usually
engage in large-scale, including open-pit mining.
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