Bishop ‘punishes’ SM, withholds masses

BISHOP OF THE PEOPLE. Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon (3rd person standing from right) joins movement to stop cutting of trees on Luneta Hill. Photo by Audi Colongon

Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon is wielding the power of the church in the environmentalists and other interest groups’ battle against mall giant SM. On Sunday, April 15, Cenzon said he is withholding the every-Sunday masses catering to mall-going Catholics, as well as blessing of business establishments at the Baguio mall, as part of his support for the protest moves against the mall management. SM plans to transfer several trees from an area it will build a parking lot on. This Church-versus-SM is reminiscent of similar battles against mining corporations and other extractive industry firms in remote parts of the country.

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