Theology students forge anti-mining alliance

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Bro. Angel Ace Cortez, OFM (Photo: OFM)

QUEZON City, Oct. 12, 2015 – A group of theology students here framed an alliance with an anti-mining group against destructive mining in the country.

The Inter-Congregational Theological Center (ICTC) students vowed to intensify campaigns with Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), said Bro. Angel Ace Cortez, OFM, president of ICTC student association.

One of the agenda of the alliance is to seek justice for deaths and human rights violations related to mining, he said.

It also calls for rehabilitation of over 800 mines, reclaimation of devastated lands, and treatment of waters polluted by mining operations, Cortez said.

The ICTC students and ATM are mounting pressure on the government to ensure protection, conservation and proper utilization of the country’s mineral resources.

In a recent statement, the ATM said the Philippines is one of the countries worldwide rich in minerals.

Foreign mining companies, however, make huge profit and just leave the country with lands devastated, waters polluted, and communities suffering from the negative impacts of their operations.

The ICTC, with students from different congregations, has been involved in the pursuit of social justice and development since its establishment in the late 1980s, Cortez said.

According to him, the institution has about 50 students today, all dedicated to advance their campaign against destructive mining. (Oliver Samson / CBCP News)

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