This International Human Rights Day, the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CEC), condemns in the highest terms the continuous attacks on its organization and fellow environmental and human rights defenders and workers. On December 4, 2019, Major General Antonio Parlade Jr. of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Military Operations made a statement claiming that CEC, along with other CSOs are “unwittingly exploited by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).” He further advised the public not to donate to CEC in the onslaught of the Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri).
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.
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.