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KALIKASAN PEOPLE’S NETWORK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
26 Matulungin St. Central Dist., Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1100
Tel./Fax; +63 (2) 924-8756; E-mail: email@example.com
20 April 2010
Environmental watchdogs give pointers on how to identify green
As we celebrate Earth Day 2010, let us remember that our state of
environment is so intricately bound with the political and economic
aspects of our society. This proposition is crucial as we unravel the
reason why in spite of our country's rich natural resources, we have
remained underdeveloped, people sinking deeper in poverty and has become
more vulnerable to the backlash of a destroyed environment.
Much of our environmental problems stem largely from neoliberal economic
policies of the government. These national polices and practices that
undermine our national patrimony and genuine development can be reversed
if we institute officials this 2010 National Elections who genuinely has
the interest of the people and environment to heart.
To aid the voters in being critical and in choosing true
environment-friendly, progressive and patriotic leaders Envi Vote 2010
Alliance, an environmental coalition pushing for ecological reforms in the
coming elections, have set up pointers and suggestions to gauge if the
electoral candidates are up to the task of protecting and rehabilitating
our environment after they have sworn into office.
With every national candidate claiming to be an environmental advocate, we
voters must be involved, critical and attentive to the news or current
debates and do our own research. We will know if the candidates are really
champions of the environment if they have the following stand on crucial
issues below and if their record in the past ten years is consistent with
what they profess:
The candidate must posses the following qualities and has stood by
1. In pursuit of Environmental Justice
The candidate has sided with green groups and grassroots organizations in
their quest for environmental justice and compensation for the victims of
US toxic waste, Guimaras Oil Spill, MV Princess sinking, political
killings and militarization, Marcopper mining tragedy, Aurora Quezon
flashflood, Southern Leyte landslide, or San Roque Dam flooding.
2. In defense of our national patrimony and judicious use of natural
The candidate has worked or voted against anti-environment policies like
Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), Electric Power
Industry Reform Act 2001 (EPIRA), Mining Act of 1995 and Biofuel Act 2007
which allows private and foreign corporations to exploit, control and
plunder our marine, agricultural and energy resources
3. For the genuine protection and rehabilitation of the environment
The candidate has a proven track record in protecting the biodiversity in
the communities by promoting and supporting ecosystem rehabilitation and
protection through reforestation programs, declaration of environmentally
critical protected areas, and moratorium on commercial logging and
4. Struggled against environmental degradation and resource depletion
The candidate believes that our national patrimony should first and
foremost be reserved and finally used for the Filipino people, for our own
needs and benefit and for the country’s progress and is thus opposed to
the national and policies and programs of the Arroyo government which
facilitated implementation of environmentally dangerous projects in the
provinces like large-scale mining, commercial logging coal power plants
and landfills which are detrimental to the health of the communities and
to the environment.
5. Advocated against dirty technologies and environmentally destructive
The candidate have stated their opposition or passed resolution to
investigate or stop controversial environmentally destructive projects
such as the revival of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), construction of
coal power plants, Rapurapu Mining, JAPEX oil exploration, or Hanjin Hotel
Project in Zambales Forest.
6. Advocated against militarization and proliferation of weapons of mass
The candidate has worked or voted against the ratification of US-RP
Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Mutually Logistic Agreement (MLSA),
which facilitates the entry of nuclear arms and weapons of mass
destruction, and the conduct of war exercises in the country.
If a national candidate has positively responded or passed at least three
concerns above, he or she is most likely a genuine ecological advocate and
will pass environmental reforms if ever wins.
Another important consideration is the candidate’s electoral agenda for
the environment. They should outline their the agenda on the principles
that protect the right of Filipinos to balanced and healthful ecology,
judicious use of our natural resources, and defend our national patrimony.
They must pledge or assure that they will work for the review, amendment
or reversal of economic policies which are most detrimental to our
environment and causes depletion of our natural resources such as the
Mining Act of 1995, Fisheries Code of 1998, and Forestry Code of 1975.
This is in conjunction with the strengthening and strict implementation of
environmental laws and rules in the country such as the Writ of Kalikasan,
Solid Waste Management Act, Toxic Substances, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes
Control Act, and Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
Last but not the least, the candidate should promise not replicate the
dismal and poor record of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in protecting
our environment and conserving our natural resources through her grand
sell-out of our communities and patrimony.
Reference: Clemente Bautista, national
coordinator Kalikasan PNE, 09228449787 or 9209099.
KALIKASAN People's Network for the Environment is a network of people's
organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and
environmental advocates. It believes that the struggle for the environment
is a struggle of the people, thus all environmental action shall have the
interest of the majority at their core.
Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE)
No.26 Matulungin St. Bgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1100
Tel. No. +63-2-9248756 Fax No. +63-2-9209099
People's Court of FSMR Finds XSTRATA-SMI
Guilty of Plunder and of
Destroying the Mountains and Rivers of South Central Mindanao
<http://www.philippi nerevolution. net/cgi-bin/ statements/ stmts.pl?
NDF-Far South Mindanao
/April 22, 2010/
In an en banc resolution of the People's Court -- FSMR, the multinational
mining company Xstrata-SMI has been found guilty for the continuing
plunder of our natural resources and is causing irreversible
damage to the watersheds and the major river systems in south central
Mindanao. While still in their so-called "exploration stage," the company
has already caused damage on the fragile ecosystem of the
quadriboundary, destroyed mountains and are forcing tribal residents to
leave their ancestral lands and find livelihood elsewhere. Xstrata's large
scale open pit mining will bring billions of dollars for the multinational
company, but will leave the Filipino people nothing but dust, industrial
waste and environmental ruin which would affect not just us but the next
Xstrata-SMI' s large scale mining is proving to be very detrimental to the
watersheds and major river systems of the provinces of South Cotabato,
Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. In Davao del Sur, the company
is building its tailings pond right within the watersheds near Mal River
which would contaminate and destroy two national and nineteen communal
irrigation systems and the livelihood of at least 9,000 farmers. The same
will happen to Koronadal Valley because the Koronadal watershed will also
be affected by the open pit mines. At stake is the food security of
Mindanao's rice granaries. No less than
the Davao City and Davao del Sur Federation of Irrigators Association has
passed a resolution strongly opposing the mining operations of Xstrata-SMI.
The Catholic Church has also expressed repeatedly its
opposition to the company's operations. Even more stringent is the clamor
of residents who want the company out. But Xstrata-SMI has remained deaf
to the people's voice.
Not content with mining, Xstrata-SMI has also planned a coal fired power
plant in Malalag town, Davao del Sur which would produce the electricity
needed for the company's operations. A coal fired power plant which is
another dirty industry, will be very harmful to the people living around
Malalag Bay. It will also contaminate the Bay which is the source of
livelihood of at least 30,000 fisherfolks.
To date, Xstrata-SMI has been busy convincing government agencies and
other stakeholders to sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the
Environmental Compliance Certificate which would give them the go signal
for unrestrained plunder. They have used cash, 'environmental' tours,
scholarship grants and propaganda gimmicks to get what they want -- the
immediate signing of the agreement before their partner in crime, Gloria
Arroyo, bows out of Malacañang.
Xstrata-SMI wants all opposition silenced, hence it has funded and
sponsored a military campaign of terror on those living within and in the
peripheries of the mining area. Under the name of Oplan Bantay Laya, this
military campaign which has been implemented mainly by the 27th IB and
Task Force KITACO under the 10th Infantry Division -- AFP has terrorized
civilians, especially leaders of the open democratic mass movement,
threatened and harassed them into silence. Many have been forced to
Circumstantial evidence has pointed to the company Xstrata-SMI as one of
the masterminds behind the death of anti-mining activist Boy Billanes who
was killed in cold blood on March 9, 2009 in the Koronadal
marketplace, a few distance from the police station. Up to this time, the
gunmen remain at large.
In view of these findings and based on the basic principles of
revolutionary justice, the People's Court of FarSouth Mindanao Region, on
the occasion of Earth Day, has ordered the New People's Army, the
Milisyang Bayan and the Barrio Self Defense Units of the People's
Revolutionary Government to arrest corporate executive officers of
Xstrata-SMI and/or their top level official representatives and to bring
them to the People's Court for the proper legal and judicial proceedings.