Among the modern-day heroes are environmental defenders who tirelessly devote their work in protecting the vast land and seas, and the rich natural wonders of the nation from local and foreign plunder of large corporations. They have risked and some have sacrificed their lives during their call of duty.
Several posters slandering land and environment defenders were posted outside Sta. Ana Church in Davao City’s proper earlier this August. Among the faces involved were environment advocates Ms. Meggie Nolasco and Dr. Jean Lindo. Ms. Nolasco was a former staff in CEC while Dr. Lindo is a member of the Environmental Defenders Congress, which was co-convened by CEC.
The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) vehemently condemns how the government is taking advantage of the pandemic to push a law that is unconstitutional and does not even address the public health and ecological crisis, but criminalizes dissent and terrorizes the people, including environmental defenders.