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‘Poverty alleviation is path to peace’

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

Public officials were urged by Catholic prelates in Mindanao to address the root causes of unrest in society, particularly poverty. “Poverty is the mother of war. Along with poverty are other causes of unrest such as  landlessness and inadequate implementation of agrarian reform, the continued destruction of our environment by irresponsible mining and logging operations, the continued practice of contractualization of labor, the marginalization of indigenous people and their displacements from their ancestral domains caused by the arm fighting between the military and the NPA forces, and corruption in government offices,”   said Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles in a statement.

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