BALANGA City: Bishop Ruperto Santos on Wednesday issued a pastoral letter calling on the people to oppose any plan of undertaking mining in Bataan.
“We, your priests in Bataan, will not permit any program like mining that will destroy the province,” the bishop of the diocese of Balanga said.
The pastoral letter will be read in all masses celebrated every Sunday next month.
Santos said God has blessed Bataan with green, fertile fields and mountains, rivers with clean and enough waters for bountiful harvests.
“But these will all go to naught if we permit mining to push through. Mining will bring destruction to our environment,” the prelate said.
He said areas that were mined have barren lands, dried and polluted rivers, impoverished agriculture, deforestation and natural reserves depleted. He said that workers in mining firms are in dire poverty and their health threatened.
Santos claimed that those who benefit from mining are the capitalists and government officials who will permit the operation.
“We will be the ones to shoulder the problems caused by mining during and after it ceases operating,” he said.