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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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“What are you going to do” asked Ka Ted, “if the guy becomes President?”

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