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CORRECTING A MISTAKE
By Jose Bayani Baylon
July 29, 2016

BEFORE I begin let me state this risk I take: the messages I have written below could get me fired from my regular job.

But I feel that they are messages that have to be made, and if no one will make them then I will.

The key message is this, and it is meant for President Duterte: Mr. President, I think you made a big mistake when you chose as Secretary of the DENR a woman who was tiring you out with her presentations. The sub-message is this: because of that mistake, millions of ordinary people will suffer — the very millions who trusted you with your vote and who have been hoping that you would bring even better days ahead for them.

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CHAMBER OF MINES CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF JOHN RIDSDEL

John RidsdelAPRIL 26, 2016 - The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines strongly condemns the murder of John Ridsdel in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

We call on the Philippine government to take immediate action and bring the perpetrators to justice; justice that is swift and heavy.

We are devastated by his senseless and grisly death at the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. John did not deserve such fate.

John was well-aware of the dangers he faced in the Philippines having led a mining operation in Zamboanga del Norte for many years as a consultant for a local mining company there.

Despite the many risks to his safety, John loved the Philippines, choosing to retire in the country, appreciating its innate beauty and believing in its people. It is unfortunate, for all that John had given, he only encountered the darkest of what we have.

John’s murder must serve as a wake-up call for everyone and reawakens in us the commitment to help ensure peace and prosperity in Mindanao and the country as a whole.

We condole with John’s family in this time of indescribable grief. And we are one with all countries in condemning terrorism and will continue to raise our voices against acts that impede on our freedom and our divine right to life.



 

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