Candidates in May polls urged to go ‘green’

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GREEN HEROES Activists dressed up as popular superheroes like the Hulk, the Green Lantern and Ben 10, and as local eco-warriors, descended to the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros today to help launch the Green Electoral Initiative 2013, ensuring that the environment is a key issue in the May polls. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Greenpeace

MANILA, Philippines – Environmentalist groups rallied on Tuesday before the Commission on Election (Comelec) in Manila calling on candidates to be green-minded.

Activists dressed up as popular superheroes like the Hulk, the Green Lantern and Ben 10, and as local eco-warriors trooped to the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros today to help launch the Green Electoral Initiative 2013, ensuring that the environment is a key issue in the May polls. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Greenpeace

Activists from Greenpeace, EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) dressed as popular green-colored superheroes marched to the Comelec head office to promote their 2013 Green Electoral Initiative (GEI).

The “GEI aims to ensure that the right of Filipinos to a ‘balanced and healthful ecology’ is upheld and safeguarded,” the groups said in a joint statement.

Francis Dela Cruz, Greenpeace Southeast Asia spokesman, said that “The country’s leaders should be green superheroes–not jokers or, worse, environmental villains.”

“Protecting the environment should be a key national policy and a priority election concern both for the candidates as well as the voting public. Environmental protection directly translates to economic benefits for the nation as a whole, for communities and for each individual Filipino,” Dela Cruz said.

GREEN HEROES Activists dressed up as popular superheroes like the Hulk, the Green Lantern and Ben 10, and as local eco-warriors, descended to the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros today to help launch the Green Electoral Initiative 2013, ensuring that the environment is a key issue in the May polls. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Greenpeace

As part of the GEI, the groups will conduct a survey on several key environmental issues such as budget allocation for the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the enactment of a national plastic bag ban, passage of a law to promote energy efficiency, and a law that would eliminate toxic substances in consumer products, among others.

They then intend to invite candidates to participate in a public forum to discuss the issues.

“The candidates may have green pick-up lines which are effective in capturing the attention of the Filipino public,” Edwin Alejo, National Coordinator for EcoWaste Coalition, said.

“But they should go beyond mere rhetoric and pursue legislation that would ensure protection of the environment,” he said.

He further said that the groups were committed “to watch over these candidates relentlessly during the campaign period and to continue our vigilance until after they are elected.”

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  • magiting78

    Mga ambisyoso hahaha kunyari kalaban at taga pagtaguyod ng interest ng bayan…pero may sariling ambisyon din…

  • $5699914

    Imbes na isulat sa balotang-papel, isulat sa dahon ang pangalan ng kandidato?
    Puwede!

  • maj0_rimbaud

    “GEI aims to ensure that the right of Filipinos to a ‘balanced and healthful ecology’ is upheld and safeguarded,”  Well Said! some people make fun, or just don’t get it, until their houses are under flood waters, fish are dying, getting sick with polluted air, and eating from dirty sources, only until then will they say, ah ok, we can’t live in a destroyed environment. funny, humans pollute the air they breath, dirty the water they drink and complain why it is so. phew!

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Ano na namang kakulangan sa pansin to?

    Mas tinuunan pa ng panahon ang pagpapagawa ng costume kumpara sa layunin e.

    Kainis! Ang daming kulang sa pansin sa pinas.

  • TheComplainer

    environmentalist daw…ohhhhhhssss
    nakita nyo ba yung mga posters at placards ninyo?
    saan kaya pupunta yan after ng rally nyo?
    di ba sa landfill din?
    anak kayo ng DHF^**HFED

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

    Si Hagedorn ang tunay na eco-warrior!

  • buttones

    What a load of political tripe! The REAL eco warriors are not even known, they seek no propaganda, they go about their business, and they risk their lives as well, all this typical PH theatricals don’t compare to someone going out and spiking trees in the dead of night, on islands in the Juan de Fuca straights in BC, and then telling the logging companies what we had done.. Yes I was one of those- it demands some credit – did it work? Well no, actually, but at least I tried, and at least I was never seen in some silly costume- and thank God for that.. What a bunch of dead warriors – stupid if you ask me….

  • buttones

    Just look at these guys, what a load of posers. They wouldn’t even know the difference between a tree and an SUV…. And care even less…..silly children- grow up!

  • malek_abdul

    Pwede ipadala sa Sabah para ipagtanggol ang mga Filipino Muslims na sangkot sa stand-off..lol

  • santosboi

    un isa parang green bukol! hahaha

  • disqusted0fu

    The rally is for a good cause, but they didn’t have to look foolish while doing it. Anyway, for certain team Pnoy would be again exempted from this. First is because they are exempted from any kind of rules to begin with, and second is because they are encouraged to be yellow-minded and nothing else.

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    GO GREEN!

    Dont elect politicians linked to logging (illegal or legal).

    To find out if your mayor or governor is into logging, simply check if there is an existing logging operation in your town.

    If there is any, more likely the Mayor or Governor is involved, directly or indirectly or he is not doing anything about it.

    Kick him out!

    Elect pro-environment candidates only!

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