It has been two years since President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao as response to the so-called “terrorist” threats and promise of security and prosperity, however, in reality it only worsened the situation of the people, especially those defending their communities and natural resources from corporations and large-scale destructive projects by the government.
This March 3 marks the 24th year since the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 7942 or the Mining Act of 1995, well-known across social sectors and communities for serving as the fuel to the state machinery that liberalizes the domestic mining industry. The RA 7942 lifted regulatory measures on foreign access and control on mining in the Philippines, encouraging unfettered exploration, development, and utilization of the nation’s mineral resources. Today, the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CEC) joins the protest against this policy together with the indigenous people, farmers, and fellow environmental advocates.
Environmental advocates, scientists and the family and friends of Leonard Co trooped to the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, November 7, 2018, calling for justice for the death of the renowned scientist who was killed almost eight years ago. The DOJ downgraded the case filed by the Co family from that of murder to reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
We, the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines, show our solidarity to organizations of basic sectors and environmental advocates in calling for Marubeni to stop new proposals and existing operations of coal-fired power plants in our country and across the globe. The letter below will be presented to Marubeni tomorrow by Friends of the Earth – Japan in a dialogue. Marubeni is a Japanese corporation involved in dirty energy such as coal-fired power plants.
If its quest to look into alternative energy sources is genuine, the government should rid of corporate ownership and control of the nation’s energy industry. The answer is not to commercialize development projects meant to provide basic services such as electricity, but to nationalize them and utilize this as a vital and strategic step for national industrialization. The search for better, alternative sources of energy should not entail damage to the people and environment.