Good morning,

I wanted to send you some details of our Global Witness report Defending the Philippines launching today at 11am, PHT.

This report is the result of three years of investigation, which reveals corporates driving attacks against land and environmental defenders in the Philippines: including the murder of a 57 year old grandmother, when they stand up to destructive coal, agribusiness, mining and tourism projects – projects with connections to major players Dole Philippines, Del Monte Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, Standard Chartered and the World Bank.

It is now time for the Filipino government to deliver on its election promises, and for companies and investors to take action now to avoid fuelling a worrying pattern across the whole of the Philippines.

You can read the full report here

We would appreciate it if you could share this important report with your networks. You can find a number of social media assets through this link for sharing also.

Social media posts for Twitter & Facebook:

· A midterm review by @Global_Witness reveals that land & #environmentdefenders in the Philippines are at the mercy of ‘business at all costs’: Duterte’s govt has failed to keep his promises and protect those defending our country and the planet.

· Isiniwalat sa midterm na pagtatasa ng @Global_Witness na ang mga land at #EnvironmentDefenders sa Pilipinas ay hawak sa leeg ng negosyo higit sa lahat: ang gobyernong Duterte ay bigo na ipatupad ang kanyang mga pangako at ipagtanggol ang bayan at planeta.

· Gloria Capitan was a business owner shot in front of her grandchildren after protesting pollution from coal-storage facilities and San Miguel Corporation power plants backed by @StanChart. Duterte should be stopping this kind of corporate greed and protecting #EnvironmentDefenders like her. #JusticeForGloria

· Booming illegal logging, conflicts of interest and threats against environmentalists – the bloody reality behind #Palawan’s tourism industry exposed by @Global_Witness.

Duterte must guarantee justice for murdered #EnvironmentDefender Ruben Arzaga, & hotels must prove the origin of their timber.

· Corporate greed is winning in Compostela Valley: farmer Jimmy Saypan was killed for protesting gold and silver mining destroying the environment – but San Miguel Corporation who back the mine and Duterte have not been held to account.

Many thanks as always for your kind support,


Heather Iqbal
Senior Communications Advisor
Forests, Land and Environmental Defenders

Global Witness
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