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student pu"lications in Mindanao #ro$ %he &ice President for Mindanao of the 'ational E(ecuti)e Co$$ittee *u"+ect ,nitial ,n)itations for 'ational Council Meeting and the Con)ention Mapagpala!ang Pag"ati $ga GuildersCo$e Ma! 2. / 20 the College Editors Guild of the Phillipppines 1ill "e holding the 25th 'ational *tudent Press Con)ention in Caga!an de 3ro Cit!4 5ith this, , a$ encouraging e)er! pu"lication and all interested indi)iduals to start preparing for this e)ent4 6egistration fee is esti$ated to "e pegged at around 2,400 pesos ("ased on last !ear7s registration fee in Ce"u) 1hile 1e are still 1aiting for the first 1a)e of for$al in)itation and 1hile 1e are still 1or8ing on the )enue and other preparations According to our local host in Caga!an de 3ro Cit!, it 1ould "e possi"le that the )enue of the co$ing con)ention 1ill "e held outside the cit!, the farthest though, , 1as told, is in Misa$is 3riental4 A 1ee8 or so "efore the con)ention, 1ill "e the four9da! 'ational Council $eeting4 %his is a regular gathering of all officers, coordinators of the guild fro$ its for$ations nation1ide 1here assess$ents and planning are done for the guild4 All officers and coordinators are also ad)ised to prepare for this acti)it!4 %he )enue 1ill still "e in C:3, unless of course, a near"! chapter or for$ation is 1illing to acco$$odate this $eeting4 All for$ations and chapters are encouraged to disse$inate this infor$ation to all pu"lications, including non9$e$"ers4 , a$ hoping for the response, affir$ati)e or negati)e, of all concerned4 %han8 !ou )er! $uch-
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aclao Let Us Rise Up From the Rubbles -s ) #rite the &ery first issue of our regional e1ne#sletter on our human rights #ork entitled Solidarity2 it pains me so much to reali3e that the topic ) am about to #rite #ill be the story of many people #ho lost their lo&ed ones2 homes and li&elihood as they became &ictim of the tsunamis that hit the region last $ecember 4!2 45567 The "orld Student Christian Federation -sia Pacific region 8"SCF1-P9 is in unity #ith the #hole #orld in e:tending its deepest sympathies to the people of -ceh2 )ndonesia2 )ndia2 Sri Lanka2 Thailand2 Malaysia2 Somalia and other countries #ho suffered big losses as a result of the $ecember 4! tsunamis7 The tsunamis #ere created by an earth*uake at the bottom of the eastern part of the )ndian (cean that measures . on the . million dollar compared to the ?=7 billion daily budget it spent for its #ar and aggression7 )t has belatedly raised this to ?@ 5 million after recei&ing international pressures7 .e&ertheless2 ) am still mo&ed by ho# our federation2 specially the national mo&ements promptly carried out efforts and e:tended all they could to assist the sur&i&ors of the tragedy by coordinating relief operations and rehabilitation #ork2 and #orking #ith international ci&ilian relief agencies7 The .T -CT)(.Issue #1 January 2005 CONTENTS Let Us Rise Up From the Rubbles Solidarity Messages for the Tsunami Victims SCMs Take Part in !th "orld#ide U$%R Commemoration Ci&ilian Casualties Mounts in 'nsuing US (ccupation of )ra* UR+'.7< in the Richter Scale2 the strongest in the last 65 years7 T#o #eeks after the tsunamis2 more than = 2555 are estimated to ha&e died7 The massi&e loss of li&es could ha&e been a&oided considering that methods and technology for detecting tsunamis are ine:pensi&e and ha&e been #idely a&ailable as early as fifty years ago7 "hile in some countries like )ndia2 the go&ernment #as already #arned on a possible tsunami but did not do anything7 )n the final analysis2 the go&ernments are also accountable for failing to set up such de&ices and to take proper measures on time that are responsible for the hundreds of thousands of deaths7 The cruel destruction of our forests has also aggra&ated the situation2 thus2 lea&ing us a painful lesson7 -nother gra&e disregard #as sho#n by the United States go&ernment #hen it did not #arn countries regarding its suspicion of a tsunami formation in the )ndian (cean #hile it has promptly ad&ised it>s military base in $iego +arcia2 located in the heart of the )ndian (cean7 The international community e&en critici3ed the US for donating a measly amount of ?=.rutal /illing of SCM Philippines Senior Friend 0oel .
ayani -lon3o )) %uman Rights Coordinator "SCF1-P CustpeaceDapEyahoo7com .SCM in )ndia2 Sri Lanka and Thailand ha&e organi3ed relief missions #hile many members are selflessly &olunteering their time and energy7 Mean#hile2 the -P region has organi3ed se&eral emergent aid #orks to rebuild the communities and SCMs in )ndonesia2 )ndia2 Sri1Lanka and Thailand7 The Federation is about to release the '-P 'mergency grant to those SCMs for relief food2 #ater2 medicine and clothes2 and the -sia Pacific region is mobili3ing youth and students to rebuild the &illages2 schools and other basic facilities in the communities7 A.ut beyond relief gi&ing and charity2 #e are still posed #ith a challenge to address the stark and fundamental problems and Acalamities created by humanB that generate po&erty and human suffering and is a thousand1fold stronger and enduring than natural calamities7 The year 4556 ended #ith grief2 but let us all #elcome this ne# year #ith re&itali3ed commitment2 stronger hope and genuine solidarity to#ards rebuilding our communities and a better #orld for our generation and the generations to come7 May the Lord of history al#ays be #ith us in our struggle7 )n solidarity2 .ature>s force that brings calamity is not a daily occurrence2 but the people>s of -sia Pacific2 #hom the maCority are submerged in the daily suffering from po&erty and e&il effects of globali3ation2 continue to li&e in the catastrophic era of inCustice and ine*uality7 My grief turned to optimism as ) see the federation responded as it ought to do2 #hich is to practice the essence of being a Christian ser&ant in the midst of hunger and grief7 .ut beyond relief gi&ing and charity2 #e are still posed #ith a challenge to address the stark and fundamental problems and Acalamities created by humanB that generate po&erty and human suffering that is a thousand1fold stronger and enduring than natural calamities7B .
-.uenos -ires2 0anuary 6th72 455 7 $ear .Solidarity Messages for the Tsunami Vi tims L'TT'R FR(M L-T).ina and all2 The "SCF -frica1Region is deeply saddened by the untimely tragic disaster in -sia that has resulted to the loss of thousands of li&es and damage of millions #orth of property7 "e are praying for our SCM members and the entire community #ho ha&e suffered and continue to suffer this disaster7 May our Lord and Sa&iour 0esus Christ comfort them during this moment of deep sorro#7 Sgd7 +eorgine /engne $Ceutane Regional Secretary "SCF2 -frica Region L'TT'R FR(M T%' M)$$L' '-ST R'+)(.'-..$ T%' C-R). -M'R)C. .R'+)(. $ear Friends in "SCF -P2 )t is #ith great sorro# that #e ha&e recei&ed the ne#s regarding Tsunami7 "e Coin you in prayers for the deceased and the missing ones7 May the Lord grant all the SCMers in the affected countries the consolations for the loss of family or friends7 May god bless you all7 Sgd7 'lias 'l %alabi Regional Secretary "SCF2 Middle 'ast Region . R'+)(.rothers and Sisters of "SCF -sia F Pacific2 Please recei&e our condolences from the Latin -merica and the Caribbean region2 especially for those #ho ha&e lost friends and families due to the effect of the tsunami7 "e ha&e had in mind all the friends #e made at the Chiang Mai +eneral -ssembly2 and #e felt the pain of those #hose li&es ha&e been affected by this disaster7 May the Lord be #ith you in this time of grief2 and let us see ho# #e can be helpful in the solidarity #ork the "SCF in -P and #orld#ide is being engaged7 Sgd7 %oracio Mesones Regional Secretary "SCF2 Latin -merica and the Caribbean Region M'SS-+' FR(M T%' -FR)C. $ear Udan2 Shin2 .
o&ember2 the "SCF -P has coordinated a #orship guide and a letter encouraging the national mo&ements to commemorate the !th year founding of the Uni&ersal $eclaration of %uman Rights7 The U$%R is a landmark declaration stipulating the respect for the rights of the people from all #alks of life regardless of race2 belief2 gender2 ideology and nationality7 $espite the distressful reality that some po#erful signatories of this declaration are gross &iolators of the promulgated principles2 it is thus more fitting to commemorate U$%R and continue the struggle to reclaim these rights7 Various SCMs celebrated the occasion in &arious #ays and carrying different themes and focus7 %ere are some of the mo&ements> efforts and also the planned thrusts for year 455 G Cambodia Peace -cti&ist Camp 8$ec7 =51=42 4556 at /ampong Thom Pro&ince2 north of Phnom Penh9 The Cambodia Student Christian Mission 8CSCM9 has been acti&ely in&ol&ed #ith the Cambodia Peace Forum established by local and international .+(2 en&ironmental acti&ists2 SCM2 Churches and affected communities in .et#orking #ith the local and international arena of .+(>s #ith similar focus7 )ndia A"ater is life2 "ater is a Right2 Iouth engagement #ith People>s StruggleJB )n a bid to see and understand ho# globali3ation affects the common people2 a group from the United '&angelical Lutheran Churches2 CS)1 /arnatak Central $iocese2 Student Christian Mo&ement of )ndia2 youth groups from different faiths2 made a trip to Plachimda situated in /erala7 Ioung people came in touch #ith reality as they listened to the #oes of the people in the e:posure area #here the Coca Cola Company destroyed and e:ploited the #ater sources in Plachimada7 Con&inced that #e ha&e to fight against globali3ation2 #e organi3ed a seminar on A"ater is a Right2 "ater is lifeB and formed a group called KIouth -gainst +lobali3ation> and campaigns against pri&ati3ation of #ater in different educational institutions7 AThe Campaign -gainst Pri&ati3ation of #aterB is a collecti&e comprising of people>s mo&ements2 .+(s took part in a Peace -cti&ist Camp #ith the focus of spreading information about the rights of the poor2 #omen and children in a small &illage that suffered years of abuse from illegal logging companies stripping the &illages of their natural resources by milling timber7 The camp attended by around !55 people encouraged local acti&ism to address and educate the participants and &illage about bringing peace #ithin the communities7 )n 455 2 CSCM seeks to continue the #ork in Peace -cti&ism as one of the main proCects #ith issues as +ender -#areness2 0ust1Peace -cti&ism2 )nterfaith $ialogueH ':posure Trips and future .+(>s in our *uest to address the social2 political and religious plurality of issues that directly or indirectly focus on Peace7 -t the end of the year2 members of CSCM and other local Cambodian .SCMs Ta!e "art in #$th %orld&ide U'(R Commemoration Last .angalore7 .
L #ith light entertainment organi3ed by the .e# Nealnaders> clamor to in&estigate the .N Secret )ntelligence Ser&ice operations that curtail ci&il rights of the people like telephone bugging and other intrusi&e mechanisms7 Philippines ThemeG AReclaiming %uman Rights for 0ustice and PeaceB The Student Christian Mo&ement of the Philippines 8SCMP9 launched a t#o1#eek photo1e:hibit presenting the current human rights situation in the Philippines under the Macapagal1-rroyo go&ernment7 The e:hibit characteri3ed by intensifying state terrorism and repression especially on the ci&il and political rights of the people #as circulated among &arious churches and uni&ersities to promote a#areness7 .Like#ise2 SCM organi3ed %uman Chain and public meeting on %uman Rights $ay in .angalore #here around =2555 people gathered at M7+ Road2 most of them youth and raised &oices against commodification and pri&ati3ation of #ater7 This campaign is to raise a#areness and e:tend our solidarity #ith different people struggles like in Periyar2 .ible and sharing our e:periences7 Follo# up on the %uman rights programme #ere held in all SCMSL units in end of 0anuary 455 7 SCM -oteroa A$ecade to (&ercome Violence -gainst "omen and Children CampaignB CC-.ible Studies2 )nputs2 #orkshops and games in topics such as the need of celebrating the U$%R day2 human rights &iolations in Sri Lanka and other issues related to 0ustice and %uman dignity7 The programme included probing human rights &iolations through a studentMs eye2 our actions against human rights &iolations as reflecting through the ..'ducation $e&olopment Center2 %attton78 Central pro&ince 9 from the =51=@ $ecember7 There #ere 65 students from all o&er the island #ho participated in the programme7 The session included .CC -ustralia7 Sri Lanka SCM Sri lanka launched a %uman Rights $ay Programme 4556 held at the C)$.o&ember and SCM.ha&ani2 Sheonath2 /elo2 +anga canal2 the Malampu3ha $am and against Coca Cola in Plachimada2 MehdiganC and Shi&aganga7 -ustralia Members of -ustralian SCM took part on the acti&ities of such as the "hite Ribbon $ay for combating &iolence against #omen and the celebration honouring )ndigenous human rights acti&ists included speeches and a candle lighting ceremony commemorating )ndigenous human rights acti&ists2 follo#ed by a .N launched the $o&e Campaign against "omen and Children campaign on the 4 th of .signed up to the campaign7 "e are in acti&e solidarity and #ill do all #ithin our po#ers to continue to conscientise the church on the paramount role of #omen as e*ual partners in society7 %R $ay (n $ecember <2 there #ere solidarity rallies attended by SCMers in -uckland2 "ellington and Christchurch7 These #ere meant to coincide #ith -hmed Naoui>s bail application and the .
first thought of it as di)ine inter)ention. Chairperson. still 8eep 1ith $e a cop! of C@CPCs Eanuar! 2.. $ight "e pushed to consider doing +ustice "! listening to the plight of the 1or8ers no1 that the Catholic Church is $eddling4 Contrar! to $! e(pectation. 2004. shall rall! "ehind the good "ishop for the realiJation of this challenge4 Bi8e the oppressed 1or8ers of Aacienda Buisita. F&ince in @ono Malu$ (3)erco$e E)il 1ith Good) 1here Arch"ishop #ernando Capalla e)en calls for true +ustice for the )icti$s of the 'o)e$"er 12.2 45567 +i&en the parts the SCMs ha&e taken in the #orld#ide commemoration of the U$%R2 #e hope that e&eryday in the life of the federation is a sincere commitment to the ad&ancement of the political2 economic2 social2 religious rights for e&ery person and people7 Expecting More than Divine Intervention . 1e also long for social +ustice4 @A?A'. $a! "e a $ore daring $o)e fro$ the Catholic Church4 Ao1 a"out den!ing sacra$ents to the Co+uangco fa$il!I M! colleagues and .aclao summarily e:ecuted in .t see$s that the oppressed far$ 1or8ers of Aacienda Buisita need $ore than +ust a di)ine inter)ention of the C@CP4 %hin8ing aloud. the #e"ruar! < C@CP9initiated negotiation in Clar8. AB3'K3 . ad$ire the Catholic @ishops Conference of the Philippines (C@CP) for initiating "ac8roo$ negotiations "et1een the poor 1or8ers and despotic o1ners of Aacienda Buisita4 . Pa$panga "et1een the 1or8ers and the o1ners had reached to nothing "ut an atte$pt to end the stri8e "! the Co+uancoCs "! pushing the 1or8ers to return to 1or8 1ithout gi)ing in to their de$ands for a +ust 1age and securit!4 %his is not +ustice in the $a8ing4 .o&ember . thin8ing that the Co+uangco fa$il!.0 E:*A LC . *tudent Christian Mo)e$ent of the Philippines <. 2004 $assacre and an i$partial in)estigation that 1ill identif! and punish the perpetrators4 Ae 1ent as far as challenging his floc8 to Fo)erco$e the e)il of econo$ic po)ert! 1ith the good of social +ustice 1here 1or8ers recei)e +ust 1ages4G 6eading it again $a8es $e 1onder ho1 the C@CP can $a8e the Co+uangco fa$il! gi)e the 1or8ers the +ust 1age the! long deser)e4 Ao1 1ill +ustice "e ser)ed to the se)en souls $urdered and hundreds in+ured last 'o)e$"er 12.o&ember =! massacre of unarmed #orkers on strike perpetrated by the combined elements of the police and military7 The forum attended by about 455 students2 church youth and teachers culminated in a %uman Chain and candle lighting in Manila7 SCMP mobili3ed students and church youth on the protest rally of about =52 555 people in Manila and around 652 555 nation#ide7 (ne of the demands and campaign of SCMP is calling for Custice for slain senior friend 0oel .(n $ecember <2 SCMP and core organi3ations forming the 'cumenical Iouth Forum held a film sho#ing and forum on human rights highlighting the clamour for 0ustice to the farmers and #orkers of the %acienda Luisita2 #hich suffered the horrendous . pu"licl! 8no1n as de)out Catholic. state$ent entitled. A#P and :3BE99side 1ith the Co+uangco fa$il!I . if the in)ol)ed go)ern$ent agenciesHP'P. an a$ple increase in their 1ages is "ut necessar! and hu$ane4 . and far 1orse for a fa$il!4 %hus. "elie)e that the P 0450 1ee8l! 1age of the far$ 1or8ers is )er! $uch inadeDuate for an indi)idual to sur)i)e.
1e see nothing "utO44 ) %ons of $ine 1astes du$ped on hillsides and )alle!s polluting the surface 1ater "odies through "an8 and gull! erosion ) 5ater shortages due to 1ater resource depletion e)en as such shortages depri)e the local people of traditional $edicines ) Massi)e dislocation and loss of li)elihood for the peasants and national $inorities 1ho d1ell in the upland areas 1here all these $ining co$panies are located . $inerals. 1ho got Ning :a)id all horne! and e(cited that the Ning had to possess herI A stor! a8in to "ig landlords e(ercising se(ual po1er o)er daughters of their FsacadasG.'. so that !ou 1ill "e a "lessing4 . F%his is the countr! that . #ilipinos. a$ going to sho1 !ou4 . ha)e a different stor! to tell4 . the! ta8e ad)antage of the F1ea8nessG of the peasants4 %hat stor! finds eas! translation into our $ining stories toda!4 @athshe"a 1as all Mriah had4 3ur national resources are reall! all 1e. 2005 BIBLICO . a$ going to gi)e to !our descendants4G %hen A"ra$ "uilt an altar there to the Bord4 #or this +ourne!. !our relati)es.'G #e"ruar! <. 1ill curse those 1ho curse !ou. 1ife of the soldier. and the! 1ill "eco$e a great nation4 . and all the 1ealth and all the sla)es the! had acDuired in Aaran and the! started out for the land of Canaan4 5hen the! arri)ed in Canaan. 1ill "less those 1ho "less !ou4 @ut .'A%. FBea)e !our countr!. the Bord appeared to A"ra$ and said to hi$.5 !ears old. $arine resources4 %ransition @ut . 1ill "less all the nations4 5hen A"ra$ 1as . *arai.ntroduction !EOLO"IC#L $E%LEC IO&' Aa)e !ou heard a"out the "eauteous @athshe"a.t is found in Genesis Chapter 12O44 %he Bord said to A"ra$. using e)er!thing 1ithin their po1er to get 1hat the! 1ant4 5or8ing fro$ a position of superiorit!. and through !ou .' %AE*E* . 1ill gi)e !ou $an! descendants. the disad)antages far $ore out1eigh the ad)antages4 #ro$ Bepanto to Mang8a!an to *ipala! to @oac to :i1al1al to *iocon.4 5hat ha)e "eco$e of our lands and the resources in the$I %he Mining Act of 1005 ga)e our lands to foreign $ining fir$s4 Contrar! to 1hat Aonesto General clai$s. and go to a land that . ha)e4 Ning :a)id forci"l! ta8es a1a! @athshe"a fro$ Mriah4 Glo"al po1ers den! us of the use of our forests. A"ra$ is pro$ised three things 3ne4 land 1hich 1ill ensure his ph!sical 1ell9"eing Another 1a! of %1o4 nationhood4 God 1ill $a8e hi$ the father of a great nation4 sa!ing political so)ereignt! %hree4 "lessings4 Ae 1ill "e sho1ered 1ith $aterial possessions 1hich he could use to ser)e other people4 MA. and !our fatherCs ho$e.3'AB CAM6CA PE3PBEC* C3'#E6E'CE 3' M. he started out fro$ Aaran as the Bord had told hi$ to do and Bot 1ent 1ith hi$4 A"ra$ too8 his 1ife. his nephe1 Bot. 1ill "less !ou and $a8e !our na$e fa$ous. Mriah.
1e "eco$e in)ol)ed in their li)es4 %his concern directs us to 1or8 to change social and econo$ic conditions that threaten life4 #inall!.snCt it their greed and profit $oti)e that push the$ to ra)age our $ountains and forestsI Con)ersel!. their struggles4 Nno1ing these. 1e 1ill also care for the earth . their hopes and aspirations. isnCt the "od! 1orth $ore than foodI And isnCt the "od! 1orth $ore than clothesI Boo8 at the "irds. the! do not plant seeds. classes. Eesus 1as referring to a life st!le of si$plicit!4 @irds and flo1ers li)e si$pl!4 %he! do not 1orr! a"out clothing the$sel)es 1ith GME** or G. !et !our #ather in hea)en ta8es care of the$4 ArenCt !ou 1orth $uch $ore than "irdsI And 1h! 1orr! a"out clothesI Boo8 ho1 the 1ild flo1ers gro1P the! do not 1or8 or $a8e clothes for the$sel)es4 @ut .. 1hen our relationship 1ith our sisters and "rothers is one of concern.t is not a narro1 and indi)idualistic pietis$ "ecause concern for our en)iron$ent "rings us into contact 1ith the planet earth its d!na$is$s. it is the ground that cries out to God ()s4 10)4 F?our "rotherCs "lood is cr!ing out to $e fro$ the G63M':O44G 5hen our relationship 1ith our sisters and "rothers is characteriJed "! a relationship of en)!. the essence of nationhood has "een lost4 And $aterial "lessingsI 5hat "lessings can the #ilipinos spea8 of toda! 1hen e)en the "arest essentials ha)e "een snatched fro$ their hands "ecause glo"aliJation has designed a sche$e that enriches the $inorit! and i$po)erishes the $a+orit!I .4 %he Mining Act of 1005 and the Mineral Action Plan re$ind $e of EesusC ser$on on the $ount as recorded "! Matthe14 Eesus here spea8s a"out the "irds of the air and the lilies of the field4 Man! ser$ons 1ould ha)e us 8no1 that Matthe1 2 2<920 is an ad$onition for us to trust in God4 F:o not "e 1orried a"out the food and drin8 !ou need in order to sta! ali)e4 After all. surel! our relationship 1ith GodCs creation 1ill "eco$e a relationship of destruction and e(ploitation4 5h! did the M* pressure the Philippines into signing the Parit! 6ights Agree$ent 1hich allo1ed the M* to e(ploit our natural resourcesI 5h! are foreign $ining co$panies coercing our leaders to appro)e #%AACsI . selfishness and of greed. tell !ou that not e)en Ning *olo$on 1ith all his 1ealth had clothes as "eautiful as one of these flo1ers4G .36:A'3 or &E6*ACE4 %he! do not 1orr! a"out 1hether their food co$es fro$ Aristocrat or Ma(4 %he reason people plunder the en)iron$ent is "ecause the! 1ant $ore profit to support an e(pensi)e life st!le4 %hat life st!le includes lording it o)er other people. for $e. gather a har)est and put in "arns. 1ant to sa! that the @i"lical passage sa!s $ore than trust in God4 @! referring to the "irds of the air and the lilies of the field. as tools for our selfish "enefit4 'eed 1e tal8 a"out the Co+uangcos and the 1or8ers of Aacienda BuisitaI Protecting and defending our land and our life is. structures and s!ste$s4 .'G*4 3neCs prosperit! is $easured "! the things heQshe has accu$ulated4 %his addiction to things causes us to relate to people as things. 1e "egin to see 1hat the peopleCs situation is their pro"le$s. in the stor! of Cain and A"el (Genesis 4 0912).n caring for the 1orld. as o"+ects. co$pounded "! the PresidentCs o"session for the Philippines to insert itself into the dehu$aniJing capitalist s!ste$. no dou"t.) An intensification of $ilitariJation $o$entu$ and steadil! strengthens4 as the peopleCs opposition gains 5hat has "eco$e of our nationI 3ur leaders ha)e )irtuall! sacrificed nationhood on the altar of i$perialist glo"aliJation4 5e ha)e "een sheared of our right to "e a so)ereign nation4 As a se$i9colonial countr!. and countries4 An e(pensi)e life st!le $a8es us addicted to %A. a deepl! spiritual act4 @ut it is a spiritualit! that is percei)ed in a $uch "roader sense4 . as instru$ents. God as8s Cain 1here his "rother is4 %his is not a $ere Duestion of location4 'otice that GodCs second Duestion is 5hat ha)e !ou done to !our "rotherI Persons are 8eepers of each otherP caring for one another "ecause the! are interdependent4 5hen this interdependence is "ro8en. relationships.
1e destro! our sisters and "rothers "! allo1ing their land to "e ta8en a1a! fro$ the$O44if 1e do not +oin the$ in their )ehe$ent and relentless protest against the Mining Act of 1005 and the Mineral Action Plan. and all other uneDual and repressi)e treatises and la1s4 %he foreign $ining fir$s 1hich are appl!ing for #%AACs and those 1hich are alread! operating in the Cordillera. it 1ould no longer "e producti)e4 %herefore. en+o!ing GodCs "lessings in the land 1e can call our o1n4 M*4 *AA63' 63*E E3? 6M. destro! not onl! our forests and $ountains4 %he! co$$it an oppressi)e act against the national $inorities and the far$ers4 %he $ining operations."ecause 1e do not 1ish for the$ to li)e in a situation that is unfriendl! and hostile to the$4 CainCs sin had conseDuences upon nature4 Ais act of $urder alienated hi$ fro$ the G63M': so that 1hen he tilled the soil. so$eda! ha)e to get "! 1ith little or nothing at all4 Conclusion #ighting as a people to "e politicall! and econo$icall! free fro$ i$perialist po1ers. our $ountains. as practiced "! these foreign $ining co$panies. 1ish to God that Peter 5allace and Aonesto General see this4) 3ur children and childrenCs children 1ill. is also fighting to free our forests. are a sin against our children for the $inerals 1hich the! e(tract are non9rene1a"le4 (. our $inerals fro$ the clutches of those 1hose onl! ai$ in life is to accu$ulate profit4 5hen 1e shall ha)e "een li"erated fro$ the econo$ic and political "onds that long ha)e "ound us. our "odies of 1ater. our land 1ill also "e free4 %hen and onl! then 1ill our future "e secured4 %hen and onl! then 1ill 1e 8no1 1hat it reall! $eans to "e a nation. in Mindanao. and in parts of the &isa!as.K9:M6EM:E* General *ecretar! 'ational Council of Churches in the Philippines .