The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines strongly condemns the inclusion of many environmental defenders in the so-called “terror list” of the Philippine government. This is a clear attack on the environment, and people’s civil and political rights. In this time of environmental crisis, those that protect it should be considered heroes instead of terrorists.
This month marks the 23rd year of legal plunder of our country’s minerals under the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. It promises national growth and development while ostensibly safeguarding the environment and protecting the rights of communities, but its neoliberal framework for profit has unleashed destruction on vast swathes of ecosystems and human rights violations.
The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) welcomes commitments on conservation efforts from the recently concluded Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) held in Manila, Philippines. However, we believe that Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu should be honest with its claims onthe Philippine government’s effort in conserving and protecting migratory species and wildlife in the country.