Bishop calls for end to mining
Prelate says other options can be examined to address illegal mining
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said other options can be examined to address illegal mining in the country.
Church groups and environmental activists also launched a bike tour yesterday to urge the government to pass a bill pending in Congress that will curb illegal mining.
"We are one in calling on President Aquino to order a mining moratorium and address the problem of illegal mining," Bishop Pabillo said.
It seems that the government has failed to address the issue and "the only way to stop it is to stop it," he added.
The prelate said mining operations are being encouraged by the government with the issuance of permits.
In Malolos diocese, Monsignor Manny Villaroman, head of the Commission on Family and Life, called on Catholics to be "good stewards of the environment" saying it is a "gift from God."
The priest hailed the passage yesterday of a local government ordinance -- the 2011 Environmental Code of Bulacan, calling it a "good blueprint for conserving the environment."
"Conserving the environment is for our own good as humans, especially for future generations," Monsignor Villaroman said.
Father Dario Cabral, chairman of the diocese’s Commission on Mass Communications, said the passing of the environmental code by Bulacan authorities is "long overdue."
"It should have been done a long time ago. But it's good. We can now demand a structured program for the environment," the priest said.
Sexual orientation is totally different from biological orientation, says priest
Such 'quick solutions' to curb militancy, a blatant disrespect of law, says Supreme Court lawyer Father Albert T. Rozario
Being indifferent to the poor and suffering 'turns Christians into hypocrites'
Principal of Mount Carmel School in Pune 'extremely worried' about the safety of girl students and staff
They will together cooperate for the evangelization of China and beyond