MANILA — Who speaks up in court for a dolphin or a turtle when its habitat gets polluted? Does an animal even have the right to legal redress in such a case?
Those are the questions underlying a push by environmental activists and lawyers in the Philippines to expand legal protection for the environment, strengthen indigenous people’s rights over ancestral domain lands, and hold individuals, government and corporations accountable for environmental abuses and lapses.
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 8 (DENR-8) has recommended the declaration of Homonhon Island in this town as a critical habitat for various endangered wildlife species.
Following consultations with stakeholders in Guiuan, particularly residents of three barangays on the island, the DENR-8 submitted its recommendation to higher authorities.
A faith-based group has claimed victory in a campaign against mining after the Philippine government agreed to declare an island in the central part of the country as a "critical habitat" for endangered species.
The government’s move stemmed from the result of a validation process conducted by government's Environment Department and the Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI) on Homonhon Island.
We are concerned about the spate of killings happening in Negros Island. Death seemingly hangs on the head of those people who help the marginalized group in Negros and those being suspected as part of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Last July 24, Atty. Anthony Trinidad was mercilessly murdered by riding-in-tandem on his way home from a court hearing. He was 53, and survived by two sons and a daughter. His wife was also caught in the ambush, Novie Marie. She took a bullet in the shoulder, but survived.