Green groups pay tribute to Bishop Gutierrez

Green groups pay tribute to Bishop Gutierrez

By CBCP News

February 15, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, who died from a lingering illness, has been hailed for working tirelessly to protect the environment.

The retired bishop of Marbel died in a hospital in General Santos City on Feb. 10. He was 79.

The Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a coalition of mining-affected communities, said that Gutierrez “popularized” the focus of environmental struggle in South Cotabato.

“We will miss the sober guidance and joyful inspiration that Bishop Gutierrez has extended to us while championing environmental awareness and protecting the integrity of creation,” it said.

The bishop, according to them, played a crucial role in the fight against mining projects and coal-fired power plants.

“Our alliance will never forget the many times Bp. Gutierrez has personally led creative actions and even street marches to highlight the peoples’ issue,” the group added.

Faith-based group, Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc., also said that Gutierrez’s death is a sad loss for environmental advocates.

Gutierrez was the bishop convenor of PMPI cluster for Kidapawan, Marbel and Cotabato when it was formally organized.

“He was an outspoken critic of big mining projects in the diocese particularly the struggle against the copper and gold project in Tampakan,” it said.

PMPI is a social development network of people’s organizations, faith-based groups and Misereor, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany.

Bishop Gutierrez will be laid to rest after a funeral Mass at the Christ the King Cathedral in Koronadal City on Feb 20, his birth date.