The Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CEC) strongly condemns the illegal arrest of environmental defenders Marissa Cabaljao, spokesperson of People Surge, and four of its members. Marissa’s one-year-old baby was also with her when she was taken into custody by the police. At around 2:00 AM on February 7, agents of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police raided the offices of two progressive organizations in Eastern Visayas. Rights groups claim that the firearms and explosives were planted as evidence for the arrests.
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.