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
Datu Jomorito Guaynon, chairperson of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization, and other 12 individuals were arrested on July 4, 2018 during an ongoing meeting of Iglesia Filipina Independiente – Visayas Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD) volunteers at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center, General Santos City. This assault to environmental defenders amount to the government protecting destructive agribusiness plantation and other projects in Northern Mindanao
Hailing from the lush peaks of Pantaron Mountain Range in the Davao region, Abiok Ligkaian Bigkay, or “Bai Bibiaon”, is known as the only living woman warrior and chieftain of the Lumad people that has taken the helm in asserting the Lumad’s right to their ancestral domains and in preserving its rich biodiversity and natural resources.