Tycoon Manny Pangilinan "breaks up" with Ateneo de Manila University, explains that school’s stance on RH Bill and mining as contrary

It was probably last week’s most shocking "break-up."

It was probably last week’s most shocking "break-up."

 

GMA News Online reports that on September 21, tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan "announced that he was cutting ties with the Ateneo de Manila University following disagreements over mining and the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill." The report noted that Pangilinan has been "one of the prime patrons of the school for nearly a decade" and "was also the main sponsor of the Ateneo basketball team."

 

The report explained: "In a letter to university president Fr. Jett Villarin, Pangilinan highlighted the difference between his and the school’s stand on the RH Bill. After Ateneo professors came out in support of the bill, Villarin issued a statement saying that the university still supports the CBCP’s stand against the proposed legislation. Pangilinan, who is the Chairman and CEO of Philex Mining, was also reacting to a letter by Rev. Fr. Jose Magadia, Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines, in which he referred Jesuit communities to a document entitled ’The Golden Mean in Mining: Talking Points.’"

 

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