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CBCP head okays ‘boycott Petron’ calls

September 26, 2006

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, Sept. 25, 2006

ILOILO CITY – Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Angel Lagdameo has called for the immediate removal of the remaining bunker fuel from the sunken tanker Solar I.

Lagdameo, the Archbishop of Jaro, said he was even “inclined to agree” to calls to boycott Petron products to pressure the giant oil company to expedite the removal of the oil and tanker.

He said the main concern, aside from helping the affected residents, was the removal of the vessel and its cargo from the waters of Guimaras.

“Our hope and prayer is that they will be able to remove the threat by siphoning off the oil and eventually re-floating the vessel that contains the oil,” said Lagdameo in a press conference here Saturday.

Lagdameo urged the government, Petron Corp. and the owners of Solar I, Sunshine Maritime Development Corp., to “come together and put their acts together to address this very, very important concern which threaten the lives of the people of Guimaras.”

(For the full story, click Boycott Petron.)

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