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Church, anti-mining group to hold rally in Puerto Princesa PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 February 2008

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 12 (PNA) -- The Roman Catholic Church, together with anti-mining sector here, will mobilize supporters on Wednesday to oppose Palawan’s excessive exposure to mining activities.

A continuation of the recent anti-mining rally in Ipilan, Brooke's Point, the gathering is headed by Palawan Bishop Pedro Arigo as part of the campaign to save the province from being ravaged by mining companies.

The coordinators of the event named two objectives -- to pray for responsible actions of political leaders and to disseminate awareness on the effects of mining to Palawan.

Ipilan Nickel Mining and Macroasia Corporation are currently conducting exploration activities in Brooke’s Point while lobbying for an endorsement from local government units to upgrade their exploration permits to operation permits.

Although no province officials are invited in the prayer assembly, numerous anti-mining groups had shown interest in joining the event.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn confirmed his support to the bishop’s crusade, as well as Moslem and other Christian groups, schools, farmers, youth and non-government organizations (NGOs) led by Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI) representative, Atty. Grizelda Mayo-Anda of the Environmental Legal Action (ELAC).

Reynaldo Evangelista, bishop of Marinduque Province, is also expected to relate Palawan’s condition to what his province had experienced in mining.

The event will be held at the People’s Amphitheater with participants coming from two assembly points, the legislative building and the Immaculate Concepcion Parish (ICP). (PNA)

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