The indigenous peoples in the Sierra Madre mountain range and other parts of the country are mounting opposition to the mega structures that threaten to wipe out not only their ancestral homes, but also their age-old culture and identity.
Environmentalists and lawmakers denounce the presence of the US Navy warships and the PH-US war games as “threat to sovereignty and security as well as to the environment.”
“I see the need to fight because we will lose our life, our livelihood and our culture. We’re doing this for the generations to come.” Arnel delos Santos, secretary general of Balatik
“If States are really in good faith in adopting the UNDRIP and adhering to international human rights standards, why did they not accept and consider our proposal and call for an end to militarization of indigenous peoples and their territories?” – Windel Bolinget, Cordillera Peoples Alliance
“The Aquino government is condemning us to a future of chronic extreme vulnerability to typhoons, storm surges, and other climate change-aggravated hazards failing in its mandates both in climate change adaptation and mitigation.” – Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator of Kalikasan PNE and 350.org Pilipinas
In 1991, September 16 became a shining moment of nationalism in Philippine history when the Senate stood up against the US by junking the proposed treaty that allows an extended stay of its military bases. In its 23rd year yesterday, environmental and women activists protested at the US embassy in Manila this time…
SPECIAL REPORT: A Sept.16 forum on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement looked back on the historic 1991 Senate decision on the removal of the US military bases in the country, and at the tasks ahead as their return looms.
“OceanaGold’s operations should immediately be stopped by DENR to prevent further pollution, and should immediately hold these environmental criminals accountable.” – Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE)