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[In the news] Bukidnon tribal leaders file human rights complaints vs. Cafgus -MindaNews

MindaNews » Bukidnon tribal leaders file human rights complaints vs. Cafgus.

By Cong Corrales
September 7, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/7 Sept) – Leaders of a tribal community in Bukidnon have filed complaints at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Friday against the more than 20 members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) who allegedly raided their community for gold and cash early last month.

The lumad leaders belong to the community of slain tribal leader Jimmy Liguyon, barangay chairman of Dao in San Fernando town, said to be the center of illegal mining operations in the province. Liguyon opposed mining activities in his community.
The lumad leaders claimed they were harassed last Monday by at least eight masked men at the Bukidnon capitol grounds where they staged a campout.

Before filing the complaint, Datu Nilo Cabungcol, chairperson of Kaugalingong Sistema sa Igpasasindog to Lumadnong Ogpaan (Kasilo), raid victim Tessie Ombo and student activists sought the advise of Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ.

“This will be a test case on political will. If this cannot be resolved in the provincial level, then you can elevate it to the regional level,” Ledesma advised the lumad leaders.

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[In the news] Bishop to officials: Stop mining now – www.goldstardailynews.com

Bishop to officials: Stop mining now
January 13, 2012

CAGAYAN de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Wednesday challenged city hall to show some political will by putting a stop to all mining activities in the city in the aftermath of the Typhoon Sendong devastation last month. Ledesma said this a day after the city council majority blocked a proposal made by Councilors Edgar Cabanlas and Roger Abaday for a suspension of mining operations in the city. The opposition council subsequently called for an investigation into the alleged ties of some of the legislators to miners.

The proposal was blocked by Councilor President Elipe. Councilors Alden Bacal and Simeon Licayan threw their support behind Elipe. Elipe argued that there were no data to support the conclusion that mining factored in the floodings last month. The Roman Catholic archdiocese has called on civil society groups to pressure the local government to do something to stop the mining operations.

“It is high time for the civil society groups and everyone concerned to have a common campaign against environmental destruction. This should cut across party lines because this is not a political partisan move but a proenvironmental move,” said Ledesma. He said he hoped civil society group would move immediately.

“I support the move for the moratorium or complete stoppage of mining and logging operations in the hinterLand barangays. Local of ficials should do something about the mining operations which caused heavy siltation and erosions,” Ledesma said. In a pastoral letter last Dec. 21, the archbishop blamed illegal logging and mining activities for the degradation of the environment and the siltation of the river bed of the Cagayan de Oro and Iponan rivers.

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[In the news] Government hit for failure to act on flood peril- newsinfo.inquirer.net

Government hit for failure to act on flood peril.
Cabinet ignored scientists’ warning
By Fernando del Mundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Barely a month into the Aquino presidency, green activists warned Cabinet officials of a looming climatic catastrophe.

The warning went largely ignored, but the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) headed by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma plodded on, raising alarm bells.

The warning was repeated to Cabinet officials in an antipoverty conference two weeks before Tropical Storm “Sendong” struck on December 16.

Officials on the ground were caught unprepared as the howler strayed from the normal typhoon corridor and turned its wrath on the largest and widely denuded watershed in Northern Mindanao.

The deaths and destruction in the storm rampage and the flash floods it ignited surpassed anything the world has seen in the past 12 years, according to a US meteorologist.

Swaths of impoverished urban settlements mainly from the hard-hit cities of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan disappeared in the deadly brown torrents of slime and mud. Freshly cut timber from the Lanao mountains tumbled and smashed communities in the lowlands.

The official death toll has reached 1,200 and around 2,000 are missing—more than the 902 people who perished in the storm in Brazil in January, or the 657 who died in massive floods in Thailand in the past three months.

Scores of bodies are still being fished out of the waters of Macajalar Bay more than a week later.

“The point is that the country was fully forewarned about the CDO watershed vulnerabilities,” the CCCP said.

A visiting UN official likened the devastation in the Misamis Oriental capital to a destruction by a tsunami. Photographs of the city certainly reminded this writer of Banda Aceh in Sumatra, which was destroyed in the aftermath of the tsunami that a massive earthquake unleashed in December 2004.

As the magnitude of the Sendong disaster unfolded in Mindanao, the CCCP issued its oft-repeated plea, “Let us avoid another catastrophe … Let us save the future—now!”

The organization of civil society groups urged President Aquino to put in place an integrated watershed management program “immediately and decisively” instead of a “narrow and selective” rehabilitation initiative.

“The reality is that the whole country can be divided into different watersheds, with varying levels of vulnerabilities. We all live in a watershed,” said the statement signed by Ledesma, the archbishop of Cagayan de Oro,  and CCCP coconvenor Christian Monsod.

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[In the news] Archbishop invites media to culture of peace seminar – www.mindanews.com

Archbishop invites media to culture of peace seminar
By Walter I. Balane

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 September) —  Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has invited media practitioners from the dioceses of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, Malaybalay, Iligan, Pagadian and the prelature of Marawi to a culture of peace workshop.

Ledesma, chair of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue (ECID) , sent out the invitations for the ECID workshop on Culture of Peace on September 3 in Cagayan de Oro City. ECID is holding the workshop under its Peace Governance Mindanao Program.

In his invitation to the Bukidnon Press Club, Ledesma said they intend to identify and share past, present, or proposed inter-religious dialogue (IRD) or peace building activities and initiatives highlighting media participation and active involvement.

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[In the news] Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges government to pursue peace talks | Sun.Star

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges government to pursue peace talks | Sun.Star.

AS THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rejected the government’s proposal to grant its autonomy, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the government to pursue the peace talks in Mindanao.

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, chairperson of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue, said there is nothing wrong if the government decides to bring the peace negotiations beyond the representatives of the MILF.

“I think, maraming (many) Christians and Muslim communities that are also aspiring for a lasting peace process,” Archbishop Ledesma said.

On Tuesday, the MILF rejected the government’s proposal for autonomy in Mindanao but said it will continue the peace talks.

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