The Catholic bishops of the Philippines are sending a message to the US bishops asking the United States to remove the toxic waste from their former bases.
    The message will arrive in time for the Filipino President Joseph Estrada's three day visit to the US which begins tomorrow.
    At the request of four bishops of the San Fernando province, Bishop Orlando Quevedo, president of the Episcopal Conference, will write Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, president of the US National Council of Catholic Bishops, in the hope of making Americans aware of the critical situation that exists at present in the former American naval bases in the archipelago.
    The People's Task Force on Base Cleanup announced that at least 100,000 people may have drunk contaminated water, when they were living at the headquarters of the Clark Air Base. This NGO also points out that 52 residents have contracted serious diseases, including cancer, and that 20 children and 8 adults have died as a result of toxic waste.
    Zenit (available soon)
25 July 00

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