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Diocese lauds order to close mines in central Philippines

Eastern Samar Governor issues orders for three mining companies to halt operations

June 16, 2016

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The Diocese of Borongan in the central Philippines has praised an order by the local government of Eastern Samar province to close three mining companies operating on the islands of Manicani and Homonhon.

"[The closure order] is putting the interest and the protection of the islanders and the home islands from further destruction and division," said Father Juderick Calumpiano, director of the social action center of Borongan Diocese.

"Even our pope is calling for a radical paradigm shift among mining companies whose interests are different from the communities affected by their operation," said the priest.

The priest said the order to stop the mining operations is "an act of mercy" for the people of Samar.

Eastern Samar Governor Conrado Nicart  ordered the three mining companies to stop operations on the islands earlier this week.

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