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A Voice for Justice in the Philippines

The island of Marinduque in the Philippines is a small paradise. The island rises in a mountainous peak that is covered in lush tropical forests and its calm villages imbue the island with a peaceful tranquility. On closer inspection, however, the island has strange colours that flow through its rivers, some which are half dried up. That’s because there is a toxic legacy on the island, one left behind by a Canadian mining company. Even if the mine was abandoned in 1996, the community is still living the impacts of the mine. And still trying to find justice.

“With mining, poverty increases. We are very concerned about this because it has to do with our faith, especially the care for creation. It destroys our beautiful ecological system, and this destruction is permanent. Mining is not helping our people, and it is destroying our environment… The destruction done in one part of the Earth will affect the whole Earth, so I think everyone should be concerned. We want to send a message to our brothers and sisters in Canada that they should also be concerned about what Canadian mining is doing to our country.”
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
Manila, Philippines
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