COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 935          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   19 June 2017

  1. FR. ROMING B. TURNS 79

Fr. Romeo Buenaobra celebrated his 79th birthday anniversary on 17 June 2017 with a meeting with the Samaria-Cursillo diocesan officers in the morning and with close relatives and friends in the evening.

Fr.Roming requested Bishop Dinualdo to give a talk on the 17th morning.

Bishop shared his insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Four parts: (1) Mary’s words (3); (2) Mary’s sorrows (7); (3) Marian dogmas (4); and (4) Mary’s rewards (2). 

  1. Mary’s three popular words:
  • “Fiat”;
  • “Magnificat”;
  • “Facite”
  1. “FIAT” (Lk. 1: 38) “…let what you have said be done to me”. When Gabriel told Mary “she’s to bear the Son of God and name Him Jesus, Mary surrenders herself completely to the Divine Plan in which is known as “FIAT”.  Fiat means quite simply “Yes” (Fr. Walter Dziordz, MIC, thedivinemercy.org) “Yes means humble obedience, an act of mercy and trust in God” (ibid.).
  2. “MAGNIFICAT”. “And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my Spirit exults in God my savior…’ (Lk. 1: 46)”. Magnificat (magnifies) “expresses praise to God for his treatment of her, but then extends the praise to how God has treated the righteous throughout the ages and how he will vindicate them fully in the future.  Understanding what God is doing, Mary possesses a mood of joy.  She speaks for herself and her community – the people of God through time” (com).
  3. “FACITE” (John 2: 5). “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’,” John Gill: “punctually observe and obey his orders in every circumstance” (org).  Mary trusted in her Son’s power…Mary is always ready to extend effective service to the needy.

 2. Mary’s Seven Sorrows

  • The prophecy of Simeon (Lk. 1: 34, 35)

“You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too…”

  • The flight into Egypt (Mt. 2: 13). “Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.”
  • The loss of the child Jesus in the temple (Lk. 2: 43-45). “When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.  They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey…”
  • The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross (lk. 23: 27). “Large numbers of people followed him, and of women too, who mourned and lamented for him.”
  • The crucifixion

Mt. 27: 35.“When they had finished crucifying him…”

Mk. 15: 29. “Then they crucified him…”

Lk. 23: 33. “When they reached the place called the Skull, they crucified him there…”

Jn. 19: 17, 18. “They then took charge of Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out of the city to the place of the Skull, or, as it was called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him…”

Jn. 19: 25. “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister.  Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.”

  • The taking down of the body of Jesus from the cross. (Mk. 15: 46). “…Joseph who brought a shroud took Jesus down from the cross…” “Consider the most bitter sorrow which rent the soul of Mary, when he saw the dead body of her dear Jesus on her knees, covered with blood, all torn with deep wounds” (“Meditation”, seven sorrows, olrl.org).
  • The burial of Jesus. (Jn. 19: 41-42) “at the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried.Since it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and the tomb was near at hand, they laid Jesus there.” “Meditation: Consider the sighs which burst from Mary’s sad heart when she saw her beloved Jesus laid within the tomb. What grief was hers when she saw the stone lifted to cover the sacred tomb” (Seven Sorrows, org).
  1. Marian dogmas
  • Divine Motherhood

Mary is Jesus’ mother.  Jesus is God.  Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God.  Defined in the Council of Ephesus, 431, as “Theotokos” – bearer of God.  Explained by the Council of Chalcedon, 451.  Chalcedontoday is part of Istanbul, Turkey. (cf. CCC, 495).

  • Perpetual virginity

Mary was a virgin before, during and after Jesus’ birth.  She conceived Jesus “solely by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC, 496).  “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (CCC, 499). “Jesus is Mary’s only son” (CCC, 501).  See also Mary’s virginal motherhood in God’s plan: CCC 502-507). Defined by the Lateran Council, 649 (cf. CCC, 499-507).

  • Immaculate Conception

This dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854 “Ineffabilis Deus”: “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her Conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by the virtue of the merits of Jesus Christy, savior of the human race, preserved, immune from all stain of original sin” (CCC, 491).

  • Assumption

This dogma was defined by Pope Pius XII, “Munificentissimus Deus”, Nov. 1, 1950. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things…” (CCC, 966).

  1. Rewards: (1) Assumption (2) Queen of Heaven (cf. Pius XII’s “Ad CaeliReginam, Oct. 11, 1957)

 AD CAELI REGINAM

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 934          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 June 2017

  1. DIRECTORY, THE PASSIONIST FATHERS (CP) PROVINCIAL CURIA

Holy Cross Spiritual Center

Calumpang, General Santos City

Tel (083) 552-3960

Provincial Superior      : Fr. Edwin S. Flor, CP

Consultors                   : Fr. Louie Y. Fuentespina

Fr. Wilferdo F. Estraza, CP

Fr. Orven Gonzaga, CP

Fr.GwenBarde, CP

Communities & in Charge

OLPGV Parish

Fr. Emmanuel F. Gellez, CP   : Parish Priest

Fr. Jeffty Mendez, CP                        : Parish Vicar I

Fr. CrisantoDimaculangan, CP : Parish Vicar II

Fr. Nonito Adorable, CP        : Parish Vicar III

Holy Cross Parish

Fr. Louie Y. Fuentespina, CP : Parish Priest

Fr. RoelBelmis, CP                 : Parish Vicar

PTII School Director                        : Fr. Dandy B. Traje, CP

Holy Cross Spiritual Center Director : Fr. Marito R. Varquez, CP

Mater Dolorosa Novitiate, Alabel

Fr. Evan B. Esmade, CP         : Director

Fr. Mario Cutab, CP

Fr. MelitonAparece, CP

Fr. Apolinario A. Plaza, CP

San Gabriel Seminary, Marbel

Fr. Orven Gonzaga, CP          : Director

Fr. Vivien Nuera, CP              : Spiritual Director

CMIP

Fr. Mark Reagan Tobias, CP   : Mission Director

Fr. Archie C. Bago, CP           : CMIP Assistant

Fr. Tyron Pancho, CP             : School Principal

JPIC

Fr. Rey CarvynOndap, CP

 

  1. BISHOP DINUALDO ORDAINS REV. BAGO, CP

Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez ordained priest Rev. Archie G. Bago, CP, 8 June 2017, Holy Cross Parish Church, Calumpang, General Santos City.  Forty priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily

God called Samuel.  Samuel answered “Speak, Yahweh, Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3: 1-10).  Priests are servants of the Lord.

Priests are also servants of the people for Christ’s sake; they preach Jesus as the Lord, not themselves (2 Cor. 4: 1-6).

Priests are also shepherds.  They feed the lambs and sheep and look after them as expression of their love for Christ and Christ’s flock (John 21: 15-19).

Priests are servants and shepherds.  They are also stewards.  Stewards of God’s mysteries; stewards of parish/congregation’s assets.

We have three shepherding programs in Marbel: (1) pastoral accompaniment of Christian families from womb to tomb and beyond; (2) pastoral accompaniment of illegal drugs users and pushers (PAID-UP); (3) pastoral accompaniment of children in need (PAC-IN) – also known as “SUKARAP” (Sugal, Kawat, Rape, Patay).

We must be zealous shepherds, joyful servants and faithful stewards.

Fr. Archie was born on 26 October 1980 at Lagao; but grew up in Fatima.  The 5th among 6 siblings.

Father, Antonio T. Bago is a native Bla’an from Maasim, Sarangani.  Mother, Erlinda Ortiz Guanzon (deceased) is a native of Lagao, GSC; her origin is from Iloilo.

He entered the Seminary at the age of 27.  High School – Fatima.  Graduated from NDMU in 2010.  Graduated from Loyola School of Theology on 10 May 2017 with degrees of Bachelor of Sacred Theology and M.A. Pastoral Ministry.

 

  1. GATHERING OF PRIESTS, GKK COORDINATORS

Date and venue: 11 June 2017, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato

Purposes:

  1. Revisit the present situation of the GKKs;
  2. Come up with strategies to improve the GKKs through small group discussions (SGDs) and reporting.

Activities:

  1. Opening prayer – Thelma Luzara
  2. Welcome – Donato Amorio, PPC President, Polomolok
  3. Venue orientation – Dadz Dublin, member PPC Polomolok
  4. Acknowledgement of participants by Vicariate – Trinidad J. Remollo, CFC Administrative Officer
  5. Theme Orientation “GKK Coordinators and Animators: Promoters of Communion and Mission in the GKK” – Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, V.G., DLC Director
  6. Small group discussion (15 groups of about 15 persons each)
  7. Talk on Tithing – Fr. Mario Combong, Director BEC and Bible Apostolate, Archdiocese of Cotabato
  8. Synthesis of results of the 15 SGDs was presented by Aldrin Fernandez. (Please refer to Trin J. Remollo).

Participants (registered): 239

AVA

Banga        – 8

Surallah     – 11

Sto. Niño   – 5

Norala       – 10

Lake Sebu – 5

T’boli         – 5

TOTAL    – 44

MAKIMAMI

Maitum      – 5

Maasim      – 12

Milbuk       – 5

TOTAL    – 22

GAMMA

Glan          – 11

Alabel        – 12

Malapatan – 9

Malandag  – 10

Malungon  – 7

TOTAL    – 49

KVA

Marbel       – 7

Polomolok – 14

Tupi           – 12

  1. Pamilya – 13

Tampakan  – 10

JGSP         – 10

TOTAL    -66

MEDA

Dadiangas – 10

Fatima       – 8

Lagao        – 11

Bula           – 10

St. Michael- 9

Calumpang- 10

TOTAL    – 58

Absent:

Tantangan Parish

Kiamba Parish

Priests Present

Fr. Rey Mission

Fr. Rene Dasilao

Fr. Frank Romano

Fr. Ariel Destora

Fr. Joel Aliligay

Fr. Romeo Buenaobra

Staff

TrinJalapan, CFC

AizaFiel, CFC

Naming Perez, DLC

Joshua Perez, DLC

Jimson Hindang, SAC

Jerome Sampan, SAC

Dynah Marie Remollo

Observers

Alice Valera

Tita Palacios

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 933          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   15 June 2017

  1. DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ MID-YEAR GATHERING

Dates and venue:  5-7 June 2017, Christ the King Spiritual Center, OLPHS Compound, City of Koronadal

Participants: 53 priests and 2 deacons

Aims: (1) bonding; (2) sharing of experiences; (3) relaxing with the Lord.

 

  1. DIRECTORY, DIOCESAN PRIESTS (By 1 July 2017)

DIOCESAN CURIA

Bishop’s Residence, 9506 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato

Tel/Fax: (083) 228-2526

Bishop                         : Most Rev. Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D.

Vicar General              : Fr. Romeo Buenaobra

Chancellor                   : Fr. Ernesto Bendita

Judicial Vicar              : Fr. Reynaldo Mission

Vicar for the Clergy    : Fr. Joseph Benitez

Finance Officer           : Fr. Jomer Candido

SOUTH COTABATO TERRITORY

Territorial Episcopal Vicar      : Fr. Romeo Catedral

A. ALLAH VALLEY VICARIATE

Vicar Forane     : Fr. Angelo Buenavides

Norala          : Fr. Romeo Catedral     – Parish Priest

Fr. LudyBaldonado     – Parish Vicar

Sto. Niño      : Fr. Rene Dasilao          – Parish Priest

Fr. ReygiePeñol            – Parish Vicar

Lake Sebu    : Fr. GretoBugas            – Parish Priest

T’boli            : Fr. Rey Joloro              – Parish Priest

Surallah         : Fr. Angelo Buenavides- Parish Priest

Fr. Dennis Gamo          – Parish Vicar

Banga           : Fr. Ruben Ocino          – Parish Priest

Fr. Antonio Chua        – Parish Vicar

B. KORONADAL VALLEY VICARIATE

Vicar Forane   : Fr. Ricky Legario

Marbel             : Fr. Ernesto Bendita               – Parish Vicar I

Fr. HerminioHongayo           – Parish Vicar II

Fr. John Jayoma                    – Parish Vicar III

Fr. Joel Aliligay                      – Parish Vicar IV

Tantangan       : Fr. Arturo Pancho                 – Parish Priest

Bo. 5, Marbel  : Fr. RoniloHuesca                  – Parish Priest

Tampakan        : Fr. Jonathan Sarcon              – Parish Priest

Tupi                 : Fr. Ricky Legario                  – Parish Priest

Fr. Noe Pedrajas                    – Parish Vicar

Polomolok       : Fr. Romeo Subaldo               – Parish Priest

Fr. Jesus Jordan                       – Parish Vicar I

Fr. Joseph Benitez                  – Parish Vicar II

Cannery           : Fr. Mario Eudela                   – Parish Priest

Fr. JezreelCalopez                  – Parish Vicar

SARANGANI – GENERAL SANTOS (SARGEN) TERRITORY

Territorial Episcopal Vicar: Fr. Rolando Japitana

C. METRO DADIANGAS VICARIATE

Vicar Forane: Fr. Francisco Romano

Lagao           : Fr. George Carin      – Parish Priest

Fr. CeriloCasicas    – Parish Vicar I

Fr. Eugenio Porras – Parish Vicar II

Bula              : Fr. Bobby Parreño  – Parish Priest

Fr. Jomer Candido – Parish Vicar I

St. Michael   : Fr. BonifacioAmpoyas – Parish Priest

Fr. Rolando Japitana      – Parish Vicar I

Fr. Rodrigo Gegone       – Parish Vicar II

Fr. ReilPosas                  – Parish Vicar III

Fatima          : Fr. Francisco Romano    – Parish Priest

Fr. Alexander Salas        – Parish Vicar

D. GAMMA VICARIATE

Vicar Forane: Francisco Bajos

Glan             : Fr. Michelle Tacogue   – Parish Priest

Fr. Carlo Glen de la Cruz – Parish Vicar I

Fr. CrsititoJoloro          – Parish Vicar II

Alabel           : Fr. Leonardo Rano       – Parish Priest

Fr. Ricky Emboltorio   – Parish Vicar

Malapatan    : Fr. Francisco Bajos      – Parish Priest

Malungon     : Fr. SinonAlcarde          – Parish Priest

Malandag     : Fr. Robert Feguro        – Parish Priest

E. MAKIMAMI VICARIATE

Vicar Forane: Fr. Rafael Cabrido

Maasim         : Fr. Rafael Cabrido       – Parish Priest

Kiamba         : Fr. Ricardo Pajarillo, Jr.- Parish Priest

Maitum         : Fr. Joel Sunga              – Parish Priest

Milbuk          : Fr. Alan Catigday        – Parish Priest

F. OTHER ASSIGNMENTS

 OLPHS Seminary : Fr. Ronald Plomillo    – Rector

Fr. JefilCallego           – Pre-Coll./Vocation/CKRC

NDMU                  : Fr. JefilCallego           – School Chaplain

NDDU                  : Fr. Eugenio Porras      – School Chaplain

CFC                      : Fr. Joel Aliligay          – Director

SAC                      : Fr. Ariel Destora         – Director

DLC                      : Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, VG – Director

DXCP                   : Fr. Rolando Japitana  – Spiritual Director

Diocesan Schools  : Fr. BonifacioAmpoyas – Superintendent

Youth                    : Fr. JoemerCandido     – Chaplain

G. FURTHER STUDIES 

  1. Jerome Millan – Anthropology, UP Diliman (thesis writing)
  2. Joseph Morallon – Philosophy, UST Manila (thesis writing)
  3. RamilNerio – Scriptures, Biblicum, Rome
  4. ElpidioMarintes – Moral Theology, Ateneo de Davao University
  5. Eugenio Porras – MA Guidance and Counseling, NDDU
  6. JoemerCandido – MBA, NDDU
  7. JefilCallego – MA Educational Management, NDMU
  8. Joseph Benitez – PhD Education, NDDU (Dissertation writing) 

H. ON SABBATICAL LEAVE

  1. Fortunato Ferolino
  2. FloroLitigio
  3. Jose Antonio Paez
  4. Raul Vale  

I. PASTORAL ASSIGNMENTS OUTSIDE DIOCESE OF MARBEL

  1. Carlos Andalan – Diocese of Parañaque
  2. Renato Cruz – Diocese of Lubbock, Texas, USA
  3. Samuel Oracion – Diocese of Lubbock, Texas, USA
  4. Ernesto Max Saldua – Veterans, LA, CA, USA
  5. Fred Paulo – Las Vegas, USA

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 932          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   03 June 2017

  1. COTABATO COAL PROJECT BY DAGUMA AGRO-MINERALS, INC. (DAMI)
  • Area applied for development and production with approved ECC: 2, 000 hectares.
  • Annual extraction rate with approved ECC: 3M metric tonnes.
  • Method: open surface
  • Location: Sitio El Dolog, El Topok, Polosubong, Tawan-dagat and Sigawit, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Observations:

  • The area is covered by Proclamation 2455 issued in 1985 which declared it as a PROTECTED area.
  • Also covered by Proclamation 241 issued in 2000 which established the Kabulnan Watershed Forest Reserve.
  • ECC was issued in 2009!
  • 2010 South Cotabato Environmental Code passed.
  • Lack of FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT of the IPs in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu.
  • 1,295 IPs will be displaced within the ancestral domain area (as of 2014) not counting the settlers.
  • 1,096 households will be affected, including non-IPs.
  • Danger: Stockpile of coal is combustible. Fire hazard. IPs worried, fearful.

The Dangers of the proposed Coal Mine in Lake Sebu.

  1. Lake Sebu, the municipality is a NO-GO Zone for mining. Reasons:
  • It is one of 6 municipalities situated within the Allah Valley that is declared as a watershed forest reserve pursuant to Proclamation No. 2455.
  • It is centered on Lake Sebu, the lake, that is one of the country’s most important watersheds as it provides irrigation to Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato and one of the prime eco-tourism destinations of the Lake Sebu Municipality.
  • It is home to the T’boli and Ubo Indigenous Peoples.
  1. The coal mining operation will be highly destructive, bringing about serious man-induced dangers as follows:
  • Massive deforestation. The strip mining operation will clear trees, plants and soil.  Consequently, it will destroy forests and wild life habitats, killing hundreds of endemic and endangered species, and cause rapid run off of water to result in massive flooding of the plains and valleys.
  • Erosion and siltation of water systems, destroying agricultural lands.
  • Water depletion. The groundwater level will be lowered due to the vast quantities needed to be pumped out.  Big amount of water is also required to suppress dust.  Surrounding areas will be drier.  Deeper wells needed for residents.
  • Acid mine drainage. Heavy metals will seep into the water table – polluting drinking water for many years to come.  Aquatic life destroyed.
  • Air pollution – coal dust will be generated. Respiratory disease to people; asphyxia in plants and trees.  In the United states 1,200 people died from black lung disease due to coal dust.  Coal dust causes also hypertension and kidney disease.
  • Climate disruption. Methane is also released.  Methane is 84 times as powerful as carbon dioxide in disrupting climate over a 20-year span.  Coal fires, a very common hazard in coal mining due to the spontaneous combustion of coal, can burn for decades or centuries, releasing fly ash and smoke laden with greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals.
  • Irreparable impacts – strip mining will disturb lands on a vast scale, leaving behind barren lands. It will be a long, difficult task to undo the damages to water supplies, habitats and air quality. Reseeding plants is difficult because mining thoroughly damages the soil. In China, coal mining degraded 3.2 million hectares per 2004 estimate; the total mine watershed restored was only at 10 to 12%.  In Montana, United States, replanting projects were only 20 to 30% successful.

Conclusion:

In general, the tropical nature of the environment in Lake Sebu will never have the carrying capacity to host an extractive undertaking like coal mining. It will be an environmental plunder if coal mining will be allowed in that locality.

The people of South Cotabato and Mindanao will suffer.  The proponent will give temporary gain – but in the long run – extractive industries – especially coal in such a place is against the constitution!

And against GOD: Read Genesis 2: 15.  WE OBEY GOD!  ALSO PS. 49: 16-17 “Do not be afraid when a man grows rich…when he dies he can take nothing with him…” (From Gina Lopez. Researched by Deacon S. Leyso)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 932          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   03 June 2017

  1. 25 YEARS A PRIEST

Fr. Bonifacio A. Ampoyas celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on 1 June 2017 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish (SMAP), General Santos City.  He is parish priest of SMAP.

Presider and homilist: Bishop Dinualdo.  Concelebrants 24.

Priest-servants must be sincere, steadfast in the ministry, not alarmed by Martial Law and terrorism by the Maute Group in Marawi City.  They follow the straight path in hope and trust.  This straight path is God’s command to love him and fellow human beings. (cf. Sirach 2: 1-6)

Love united the early Christians.  Together they listened to Christ’s teachings explained by the apostles.  They had communal prayers and meals.  They shared their possessions with the needy. (Acts 2: 42-47).  A 2nd collection on 4 June 2017 for the victims of the Marawi siege.

Love of God the Father and fellow men and women moved Jesus to leave his residence in Nazareth to preach repentance because God’s Kingdom is at hand.  He called some fishermen to help him “fish” (Mt. 4: 12-33).

Some qualities of a good fisherman: patience, perseverance, courage.  He also fits his bait to the fish – meaning homilies must be relevant to person, time and place.

Jesus called Bonifacio 25 years ago.  He left his residence in Surallah to respond to Jesus’ call.  After his ordination the Bishop told him “Go” and proclaim the Good News.  He obeyed.  God’s grace helped him persevere in his loving and effective serviceto God and God’s people.  Congratulations!

 

  1. COTABATO COAL PROJECT BY DAGUMA AGRO-MINERALS, INC. (DAMI)
  • Area applied for development and production with approved ECC: 2, 000 hectares.
  • Annual extraction rate with approved ECC: 3M metric tonnes.
  • Method: open surface
  • Location: Sitio El Dolog, El Topok, Polosubong, Tawan-dagat and Sigawit, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Observations:

  • The area is covered by Proclamation 2455 issued in 1985 which declared it as a PROTECTED area.
  • Also covered by Proclamation 241 issued in 2000 which established the Kabulnan Watershed Forest Reserve.
  • ECC was issued in 2009!
  • 2010 South Cotabato Environmental Code passed.
  • Lack of FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT of the IPs in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu.
  • 1,295 IPs will be displaced within the ancestral domain area (as of 2014) not counting the settlers.
  • 1,096 households will be affected, including non-IPs.
  • Danger: Stockpile of coal is combustible. Fire hazard. IPs worried, fearful.

The Dangers of the proposed Coal Mine in Lake Sebu.

  1. Lake Sebu, the municipality is a NO-GO Zone for mining. Reasons:
  • It is one of 6 municipalities situated within the Allah Valley that is declared as a watershed forest reserve pursuant to Proclamation No. 2455.
  • It is centered on Lake Sebu, the lake, that is one of the country’s most important watersheds as it provides irrigation to Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato and one of the prime eco-tourism destinations of the Lake Sebu Municipality.
  • It is home to the T’boli and Ubo Indigenous Peoples.
  1. The coal mining operation will be highly destructive, bringing about serious man-induced dangers as follows:
  • Massive deforestation. The strip mining operation will clear trees, plants and soil.  Consequently, it will destroy forests and wild life habitats, killing hundreds of endemic and endangered species, and cause rapid run off of water to result in massive flooding of the plains and valleys.
  • Erosion and siltation of water systems, destroying agricultural lands.
  • Water depletion. The groundwater level will be lowered due to the vast quantities needed to be pumped out.  Big amount of water is also required to suppress dust.  Surrounding areas will be drier.  Deeper wells needed for residents.
  • Acid mine drainage. Heavy metals will seep into the water table – polluting drinking water for many years to come.  Aquatic life destroyed.
  • Air pollution – coal dust will be generated. Respiratory disease to people; asphyxia in plants and trees.  In the United states 1,200 people died from black lung disease due to coal dust.  Coal dust causes also hypertension and kidney disease.
  • Climate disruption. Methane is also released.  Methane is 84 times as powerful as carbon dioxide in disrupting climate over a 20-year span.  Coal fires, a very common hazard in coal mining due to the spontaneous combustion of coal, can burn for decades or centuries, releasing fly ash and smoke laden with greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals.
  • Irreparable impacts – strip mining will disturb lands on a vast scale, leaving behind barren lands. It will be a long, difficult task to undo the damages to water supplies, habitats and air quality. Reseeding plants is difficult because mining thoroughly damages the soil. In China, coal mining degraded 3.2 million hectares per 2004 estimate; the total mine watershed restored was only at 10 to 12%.  In Montana, United States, replanting projects were only 20 to 30% successful.

Conclusion:

In general, the tropical nature of the environment in Lake Sebu will never have the carrying capacity to host an extractive undertaking like coal mining. It will be an environmental plunder if coal mining will be allowed in that locality.

The people of South Cotabato and Mindanao will suffer.  The proponent will give temporary gain – but in the long run – extractive industries – especially coal in such a place is against the constitution!

And against GOD: Read Genesis 2: 15.  WE OBEY GOD!  ALSO PS. 49: 16-17 “Do not be afraid when a man grows rich…when he dies he can take nothing with him…” (From Gina Lopez. Researched by Deacon S. Leyso)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 931          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   30 May 2017

  1. GOVERNOR SOLON MEETS PRIESTS

Governor Steve C. Solon, Sarangani Province, met with priests, 29 May 2017, Bishop’s Kiosk, Koronadal City.  Present 46: 27 priests, 2 deacons, a Claretian Brother and 16 seminarians in Theology.

Main purpose was to secure priests’ cooperation in the Sarangani’s campaign against terrorism.

Terrorism was condemned by the Mindanao Bishops in their statement “Pursue What Leads to Peace”, 26 May 2017.  It was issued in relation to Marawi’s attack by the Maute Group and declaration of Martial Law by President Rodrigo RoaDuterte on 23 May 2017.

The Bishops said, “we condemned the terrorist acts that have caused the loss of many innocent lives, the burning of homes, public buildings, including a Protestant school dormitory and a Catholic cathedral.”

Further, “we condemn the unconscionable kidnapping of teachers and Church personnel.”

Finally, “in the strongest terms we condemn terrorism in its various forms.  It is an ideology that is totally against the tenets of any religion of peace… Terrorism distorts and falsifies the true meaning of any religion.  It destroys harmonious relationships among peoples of different faiths.  It creates a world of suspicion and prejudice, of hatred and hostility.

Campaign against terrorism is the duty of every believer – in God, Allah, Adwata, etc.

Bishop exhorted the priests to fully support any campaign against terrorism.  A PLAN is needed.  The Bishop will call for a planning workshop to strategize our response to terrorism.

 

  1. CBCP-ECBA’S STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP

Dates and venue         :  22-24 May 2017, District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City

Participants                 :  (25): 3 bishops, 10 priests, 1 sister, 11 lay

Facilitator                    :  Sr. Carolijne Joy Luz, RSCJ

Strategic Plan’s time frame: 2017 – 2020

Goal                            :  How will ECBA contribute to the life and mission of the Church in the Philippines?

Strategic Intents:

  • Biblical formation of animators
  • Biblical literacy, beginning with ECBA animators
  • Formation of lay leaders, youth
  • Institute and other training programs
  • New approaches in understanding the Bible
  • Praying with the Bible
  • Dissemination of Bibles
  • The Bible and the Family
  • Dissemination of Bibles
  • Basic Bible Seminars
  • Sunday seminars for Children
  • Coordination with family and life apostolate
  • Creative communications, marketing, promotions
  • Radio programs
  • Social media
  • Print media
  • others
  • organization support and networking
  • strengthen BA in each parish/diocese
  • information database
  • communication and promotion
  • collaboration and partnership with other group
  • fund raising and accountability
  • sustainability: personnel, funds, programs (Fr. Joel Aliligay)

 

  1. DIRECTORY, AUSGUTINIAN RECOLLECT SISTERS (AR)

Notre Dame of Lamba

Lamba, Banga, South Cotabato

Superior                 : Sr. Ma. PurificacionGlimada, AR

School Principal    : Sr. Maria Soledad Torres, AR

School Treasurer   : Sr. Constancia Buchan, AR

Notre Dame of Banga

Banga, South Cotabato

Superior                 : Sr. Lea Eseo, AR

Principal                : Sr. LorlieDecio, AR

Treasurer               : Sr. Concepcion Anadon, AR

Sr. LiezlPalabrica, AR

 

  1. JUNE SCHEDULE
01    – 25th Priestly Ordination, Fr. BonifacioAmpoyas, 12    – Conference, Mass, OCSO, 9am
9am, SMAP         – Mass, St. Anthony/Cathedral, 5:15pm
02    – Adoration Chapel, 8:30am 13    – Fiesta Mass, St. Anthony, Kiamba, 9am
03    – Conference, Laycos, Marbel, Bp.’s Kiosk, 9am 14    – Conference, Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s Res., 9am
04    – PENTECOST 15    – Conference, Mass, Poor Clares, 9am
5 – 7- Mid-Year Gathering, Diocesan Clergy, OLPHS. 16    – Mtg., Diocesan Principals, Bp.’s Res., 10am
Start: Supper 17    – Conference, CFC, Sto. Niño, 5:30am
08    – Priestly Ordination, Rev. Archie Bago, CP, 18    – CORPUS CHRISTI
Calumpang, 9am 20    – Conference, PAC-IN (SUKARAP), SMAP, 9am
09    – Blessing, DOLE Cannery, Tubi Allah, Surallah, 23    – Conference, PREX-Marbel, Bp.s’ Res., 6pm
9am 24    – Fiesta Mass, Lake Sebu
10    – Conversation, DXCP, 10am 27    – Fiesta Mass, Milbuk, 8am
11    – HOLY TRINITY 29    – Fiesta Mass, Lagao, 9am

 

  1. JUNE BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Bobby Parreño (June 10); Fr. Romeo Buenaobra (June 17); Fr. Joel Sunga (June 22) and Fr. Leonardo Rano (June 27).

 

  1. JUNE PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations and happy anniversary to: Fr. BonifacioAmpoyas, Fr. Ronald Plomillo (June 01); Fr. GretoBugas,  Fr. Mario Eudela, Fr. RoniloHuesca, Fr. Arturo Pancho (June 02); Fr. ReilPosas (June 03); Fr. Joseph Benitez (June 11); Fr. Rey Joloro, Fr. NoePedrajas and Fr. Joel Sunga (June 25).

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 930          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   28 May 2017

  1. 26

Mindanao bishops issued a statement on Marawi City and Martial Law.  Orlando Card. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, signed it on 26 May 2019.  Below is the text.

Pursue What Leads to Peace

(Statement of the Mindanao Bishops on Marawi and Martial Law)

To All People of Good Will:

We, Catholic Bishops of Mindanao,  address this Statement to every Mindanawon. We originally intended  to respond to the requests of our Catholic faithful who asked for pastoral guidance on the issue of Martial Law.

We pray for all the murdered innocent victims in Marawi and ask the Lord to protect all the families that have fled to safety.

We condemn the terrorist acts that have caused the loss of many innocent lives, the burning of homes, public buildings, including a Protestant school dormitory and a Catholic Cathedral.

We condemn the unconscionable kidnapping of teachers and church personnel.

We pray for the safety of all the kidnapped, of Fr. Teresito Suganob and his companions. We appeal to the hostage takers to release all of them unharmed. The victims fear death but they also have the courage to give ultimate witness to Christ.

In the strongest terms we condemn terrorism in its various forms. It is an ideology that is totally against the tenets of any religion of peace. Especially so when terrorism is perpetrated while our Muslim brothers and sisters are preparing for the holy month of Ramadhan. Terrorism distorts and falsifies the true meaning of any religion. It destroys harmonious relationships among peoples of different faiths. It creates a world of suspicion and prejudice, of hatred and hostility.

The President of the Philippines has responded to the Marawi crisis by declaring Martial Law in the entire Mindanao.  Many criticise the decision as reminiscent of the horrors of a past dictatorship. Others support the decision as justified.

We are aware that the problems of peace and order, of the continuing disruptive activities of  other rebel groups, the problems of criminality and drugs, of corruption and underdevelopment are in every nook and corner of Mindanao. Mindanao problems go beyond the city limits of Marawi.

Our Catholic faithful have asked for pastoral guidance regarding Martial Law. We are guided by the Sacred Scriptures and by the social teachings of the Church. St. Paul exhorts us to “pursue what leads to peace” (Rom. 14: 19).

Martial Law is a means of last resort.  Are moral principles fulfilled? Were other means to resolve the deep and wide serious problems of Mindanao impractical and ineffective? Will the positive effects of Martial Law outweigh the negative effects? Will there be probability of success? Will it bring about a culture of accountability and end a culture of impunity? Will Martial Law increase human rights violations? Will Martial Law be abused for evil purposes?

The answers to many questions are speculative. We have many fears. But at present we simply do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of Martial Law as morally reprehensible. But we are certainly agreed that Martial Law must be temporary.

We shall condemn any abuse of Martial Law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil. Let us be vigilant.

We exhort everyone to be calm in the face of Martial Law, to be obedient to the just commands of lawful authority, and not to provoke violent reaction.  We urge the government to remove the causes of terrorism, such as poverty and injustice, through just and accountable governance focused solely on the common good.

The focus of every religion is peace on earth, peace in heaven. Let us pursue together what leads to peace. Let all religious teachers and leaders quell the tendencies towards the terrorist ideology. Together let us pursue what leads to peace. Let us pray for peace and work for peace.

God bless the people of Marawi. God bless all Mindanawons.

With the approval of the Bishops of Mindanao,

(signed)

+Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I.

Archbishop of Cotabato

26 May 2017

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