Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines condemns the abduction of Elen Tijamo, Program Coordinator of Sustainable Agriculture from Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC), on June 13, 2020 and it is suspected that it was done by state forces. According to human rights group Karapatan, the abductors were reported to be four men with rifles and two women with masks on. Elen was abducted around 8:00PM in her home in Barangay Kampingganon, Bantayan, Cebu.
We, members of the Environmental Defenders Congress oppose the railroading of the Anti-Terror Bill titled “An Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Penalize Terrorism, thereby Repealing Republic Act No. 9372, Otherwise Known as the Human Security Act.” The bill when passed will worsen the situation of environment and human rights defenders in the country.
The Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines strongly condemns the violent dispersal of the people’s barricade against OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) yesterday, April 6, 2020 in Brgy. Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya. Amidst the CoViD-19 pandemic, around 100 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) forced their way through the residents to allow the passage of fuel tankers for OGPI’s operation.
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.