*Reposted from http://www.interaksyon.com. Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is one of the 23 signatory organisations,
MANILA, Philippines — Four Catholic bishops joined 23 environmental groups in appealing to Pope Francis to back their calls against “large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines.”
“We, the undersigned environmental advocates, grassroots leaders, and faithful servants, urgently write to Your Holiness to underscore our concern against large-scale mining owned by multinational and transnational corporations,” the letter, released Wednesday, a day before the Pope arrives in the country, said.
Among the signatories were Bishops Arturo Bastes of Sorsogin, Crispin Varquez of Eastern Samar, Pedro Arigo of Palawan and Deogracas Iniguez, retired bishop of Caloocan, and the environmental groups Kalikasan PNE, Defend Patrimony Alliance, Panalipdan Mindanao, Cordillera People’s Alliance, People’s Surge, 350.org PH, Marinduque Center for Environmental Concerns, AGHAM, Sulong Kiblawan Para sa Kalikasan, UP Saribuhay, Homonhon Environmental Rescue Organization, among others.