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.
‘We shall let the nation witness once again a successful defense of the Chico River to let the river flow free, and as the fire of our dissent engulfs a tyrant’s aspiration for absolute power. Never will we let it be recorded in history that a fascist ruler has crushed the peoples’ movement with tyranny.’ – Cordillera Peoples Alliance