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Prosecutor’s dismissal of case against accused soldiers in Capion massacre slammed

“As families and friends commemorate the death of Juvy Capion and her two sons, the decision comes as an insult to the family and to all the victims of human rights violations and also shows the weakness of the Aquino administration to render justice to its aggrieved citizens.” – Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Aquino government alternately blames the devastating landslide in Compostela Valley on illegal logging and small-scale miners. But illegal logging operations would not prosper without the connivance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Rolando Florencio, chairman of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in the province of Compostela…

“With the celebration of Mine Safety Week, the mining industry portrays itself as a socially responsible industry, but in truth it is nothing but a self-serving, destructive and exploitative industry.” – Kakay Tolentino, Dumagat spokeswoman of Katribu Partylist.

Environmental activists, indigenous peoples’ leaders and human-rights advocates today lighted green lanterns to pay tribute to the 39 environmental defenders and martyrs who were victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. The activity, held in Bulwagang Nicanor Delos Santos in Quezon City, coincided with the commemoration of the 2nd year since the brutal killing of anti-mining and environmental activist Eliezer “Boy” Billanes in Koronadal City on March 9, 2009. (Photos courtesy of Kalikasan-PNE / bulatlat.com)