|Yesterday, the Bishops admitted that the “CBCP does not have the technical expertise to fully analyze the effects of mining” but has issued a statement urging the government to repeal the Mining Act of 2005 and close large-scale mining firms all over the country (BusinessMirror, 13 February 2006, page A2) because of their supposed feedback from the grassroots. At least, the Bishops have admitted that they don’t really know what they are talking. But why would they propose the killing of an industry they do not understand? Are the bishops now into policy making? If they are, why would they propose a policy agenda where they admit they don’t have technical background? In my previous posts, I have made a point-by-point analysis of CBCP’pastoral statement and have recommended an honest-to-goodness environmental accounting or cost-benefits analysis of the mines so that we could settle the issue. Why can’t the Bishops call an independent panel of experts to inform them about mining so their policy proposal could at least be informed by science?|
Whose "grassroots" are the Bishops talking to? I understand the “grassroots” are divided on the issue. Naturally, those who are benefiting from the mines (close to 600,000) are in favor while some activist groups are opposed. I’m certain that a great majority who are not directly affected positively or negatively wouldn’t have any strong opinion for or against mining. So whose grassroots are the Bishops talking to?