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.
Joint statement of the Climate Change Network for Community-Based Initiatives (CCNCI) and Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) delivered at the “Addressing Poverty and Inequality Towards Agenda 2030” a Policy Forum organized by the Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held on August 23, 2019.