Open let­ter to the Pres­i­dent and CA

Manila Times - - OPINION - Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments: Fr. Pete Mon­tal­lana Chair, Save Sierra Madre Net­work Al­liance Inc. (SSMNAI) Rm. 232 St. An­thony Bldg., 891 cor. Cam­bridge St. and Aurora Blvd., Cubao, Que­zon City

par­a­digm of car­ing for the nat­u­ral world, is hap­pen­ing not only in the Sierra Madre but all over the coun­try. This is ev­i­dent in Sec­re­tary Lopez’s com­mit­ment to con­serve, pro­tect and re­ha­bil­i­tate the en­vi­ron­ment.

We are aware of the ef­fect of Sec­re­tary Lopez’s ap­point­ment to the DENR. Op­po­si­tion from very pow­er­ful busi­ness cor­po­ra­tions with vested in­ter­ests—for­eign and lo­cal—is very strong. We im­plore you to stand firmly for the weak: to en­sure the flour­ish­ing of life, as en­shrined in our Con­sti­tu­tion, for the in­dige­nous peo­ple, the farm­ers, the fish­er­folk and the mil­lions of poor peo­ple who have been de­prived of the boun­ti­ful ben­e­fits from our nat­u­ral re­sources. God in­tended full­ness of life for every­body, not de­pri­va­tions and death for the ma­jor­ity of the Filipinos.

Now is the time to re­verse the sit­u­a­tion. As com­mit­ted pub­lic ser­vants, please make the his­toric de­ci­sion to en­sure a bal­anced and healthy ecol­ogy for the Filipino peo­ple for all gen­er­a­tions to come. May the power of Truth and a strong sense of Jus­tice de­scend upon you!

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