04/20/2008 | 07:11 PM
A statement on the CBCP Web site (www.cbcpnews.com) said Bastes chairs the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA).
It added Bastes is the first Catholic bishop to get elected to this post.
Bastes also chaired a fact-finding body that investigated in 2006 the controversial polymetallic mines in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, and recommended the cancellation of the operation permit of Lafayette Philippines, Inc.
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