Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Contractor under fire for toxic waste dumping
Company says it is not subject to Philippine lawA Glenn Defense tanker is seen servicing a US naval ship in this file photo taken early this year (Anthony Bayarong)
- Joe Torres and Anthony Bayarong, Subic Bay
- November 9, 2012
Environmentalists are urging the government to file a criminal case against the company, Glenn Defense Marine, after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) found toxic waste aboard the MT Glenn Gaurdian on October 15.
During a follow-up inspection the next day, the shipâ€™s captain told SBMA and Coast Guard officials that the ship unloaded an estimated 189,000 liters of waste water and 200 liters of bilge water (water and oil) 25 nautical miles from Subic Bay.
The waste was from the USS Emory S. Land, a submarine tender which had docked at Subic Freeport.
Glenn Defense is a registered locator inside the Subic Bay Freeport and is involved in marine and offshore logistics. It services US military ships that dock at the former US naval base.
An SBMA source who asked not to be named said the shipping agency has been hauling bilge water and domestic waste water from US navy ships for years now.
The source said the certificate to operate for Glen Defense has no provision for waste water hauling.
"After requiring them to pay their liabilities, authorities should immediately expel Glenn Defense Marine Asia and its vessels and bar them from further operating in the Philippines," said Clemente Bautista of the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).
Bautista said the incident "shows not only [the US government's] disregardÂ for the integrity of our environment and the health of our people but is also an affront to our national sovereignty.
"It is high time that the governmentÂ abrogate and junk the VFA," Bautista said.
The US embassy in Manila said it is aware of the allegations, but said it will only take appropriate action after an investigation.
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