This war of suppression, directed at people who resist what government armed forces call ‘vital installations’ and ‘flagship projects,’ has always been the biggest investment guarantee that the Philippine government grants to extractive and pollutive large-scale industries.
Small fishermen in Patungan, Maragondon, Cavite are being driven away by real estate developers to give way to a high-end resort and other commercial establishments.
“We were happy then. We had food on the table. We were earning modestly and can send our children to school. We lived without fear and anxiety.”