People’s ultimatum on the environment vs. Aquino gov’t delivered on Earth Day, environmentalists call for president’s resignation

Joint Press Release

22 April 2015

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila—Disgusted over President Noynoy Aquino’s
performance on managing the country’s natural resources and protecting
the environment, the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
(Kalikasan PNE), fisherfolk federation PAMALAKAYA, scientist group
AGHAM, and other green groups demanded for BS Aquino’s resignation as
they delivered their ‘People’s Ultimatum’ on the environment to the
Aquino administration during the 2015 Earth Day commemorations.

Displaying a tableau depicting President Noynoy Aquino ‘dumped’ in a
trash can, over 100 grassroots and environmental activists held a
protest action today at the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR).

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“The past five years of Aquino’s environmental, economic and military
policies has done nothing to arrest and has instead promoted development
aggression that has led to widespread environmental destruction and
natural resource plunder. If Aquino and his environment officials are
unable to take substantial action on outstanding issues of pollution,
plunder, and militarization, they should resign from their post and be
held to account for their environmental crimes,” said Clemente Bautista,
national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.

The protesters also held a protest ‘art attack’ visualizing the
environmental demands of the People’s Ultimatum:

1. Scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and impose a moratorium on all
foreign, large-scale mining projects.

2. Impose a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants that have
displaced communities and have caused serious environmental destruction
or pollution.

3. Bring justice to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and other
recent major disasters through just compensation, rehabilitation and
risk reduction measures, with due emphasis on addressing the growing
crisis of climate change.

4. Pull out all military and paramilitary troops that have been
serving as investment defense forces of big mines, plantations, and
other forms of development aggression. Immediately resolve the 47 cases
of killings victimizing environmental advocates.

5. End the Visiting Forces Agreement, Enhanced Defense Cooperation
Agreement (EDCA), and all other onerous military treaties that have
allowed US troops to despoil our environment with impunity.

6. Revocation of the National Reclamation Plan and cancellation of
all approved reclamation projects, especially those covering protected
areas and major sources of livelihood.

7. Compel the resignation if not ouster of Aquino, to subject him to
genuine mechanisms for accountability of his various environmental and
political crimes, unimpeded by his allies in government.

“After five years, the Aquino administration perpetuated 47 cases of
environmentalist killings, criminally neglected the world’s historically
strongest typhoon disaster and mine spill disaster, and further sold out
our sovereignty through US-PH military agreements, and put up our
national patrimony for sale through policies such as the Executive Order
79 on mining, or sweetheart coal and large dam deals under the Electric
Power Industry Reform Act,” explained Bautista.

The protesters said the demands served as a platform for immediate
important reforms in the country’s environmental policy regime, which
they planned to advocate in various venues, ranging from government
dialogues, the proposed People’s Transition Council, down to the
upcoming 2016 national elections.

“There should be proactive action in demanding much-needed social change
and the accountability of the Aquino regime for its various crimes to
the people and the environment. We challenge the Philippine
environmental movement not to shy away from this political fight and
take up this challenge of standing up to the gargantuan environmental
crimes of Aquino on this Earth Day,” ended Bautista.#

Reference: Clemente Bautista – 0922 844 9787


Clemente Bautista, National Coordinator
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
26 Matulungin St. Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1100
Tel: +63 (2) 924 8756 | E-mail: secretariat@kalikasan.net | Site:
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