October 18, 2011
Rev. Giorgio Licini, PIME, Arakan Mission
Dear Father Licini,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre, Australia, to express my sincere condolences on the sad news of the murder of Father Fausto Tentorio, PIME, the sixth anti-mining advocate killed this year.
At a forum on the effects of local and foreign mining companies in the Philippines this evening sponsored by the Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines we took a moment to remember the death of Father Fausto and of many other priests and collaborators in recent times who have struggled on behalf of the people highly affected by oppressive effects of mining companies.
This office joins in the condemnation of the murder of a dedicated and courageous missionary who had served the people of the Philippines for some 33 years in Mindanao and was active in opposing large-scale mining and advocating for indigenous people’s rights in Mindanao. As we remember Father Fausto we also remember his PIME brothers, his colleagues, his family and those he served with courage.
We find inspiration from people such as Father Fausto and others like him who have risked their lives as active advocates and staunch oppositionists to the foreign mining project of Xstrata as we also attempt to express solidarity with and advocate from afar for the people of Nueva Viscaya who are highly impacted in negative ways by an Australian mining company.
Please convey our condolences to the members of your community.
In sincere peace,
Father Claude Mostowik msc