“US troops have a dirty streak across the Asia-Pacific region, posing environmental threats or even directly causing destruction and pollution over the past century in the Pacific Islands, Australia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, and even in their own country’s West Coast.” – Kalikasan PNE
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”[Eduardo] Sarmiento’s conviction, despite glaring evidence to the contrary, may be a sign of government’s bad faith in fulfilling its purported commitment to address the peace situation in the country.” – National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
The Cojuangco-owned Tarlac Development Corporation started bulldozing farmlands and evicting farmers in Balete village in November last year.
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“…Even when the Honorable Court has specifically ordered the DAR to cover all other agricultural lands in Hacienda Luisita, it did not immediately do so.”
“The no-build zone policy is outright demolition. The no-build zone policy clearly serves big businesses, not the people.”
“Last year, the government deployed two million OFWs and professionals abroad, the biggest in history. So again, how can the DOLE stomach this absurdity?”
“Under international and domestic laws such as the Polluter Pays Principle, Rio and Stockholm Declarations, the United States government is legally bound to pay for environmental damages brought about by its military forces and assets in other countries.”
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This writer was a youth-student organizer and magazine staff member when the historic uprising in January 16-20, 2001 unfolded at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa), Mendiola and elsewhere that removed President Estrada from office. The following are diary entries on these events.