WHAT WENT BEFORE: PH is deadliest country for environmental defenders | Inquirer News

WHAT WENT BEFORE: PH is deadliest country for environmental defenders

05:16 AM September 09, 2019

The Philippines has long been considered a dangerous country for environmental defenders.

According to the Global Witness, a Britain-based international nongovernmental organization which campaigns against environmental and human rights violations, the Philippines is the deadliest country for environmental activists in 2018.

ADVERTISEMENT

A total of 164 defenders were killed last year around the world, while countless more were silenced through violent attacks, death threats, arrests and lawsuits, it said.

It recorded 30 people killed in the Philippines, half of them due to opposition to agribusiness, including plantations.

FEATURED STORIES

From 2017 to 2019, at least 87 defenders had been killed, according to Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan).

Between 2001 and 2018, Kalikasan has tallied 223 deaths, a majority of which related to mining. Half of these killings took place in Mindanao.

In May 2017, four masked men burned the house of Patrick Angelia, a government forest ranger assigned to the enforcement section of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Surigao del Sur.

In August 2017, government forester Lito Eyala was shot and wounded by a suspected timber poacher in Puerto Princesa City.

In September 2017, Ruben Arzaga, a village chief in Palawan province and member of an environmental monitoring board, was shot and killed while he was arresting suspected illegal loggers.

In February 2018, armed men believed to be goons of illegal loggers fired at a group of forest rangers during an operation in Infanta, Quezon.

In June 2018, forester Dominador Lucas was gunned down after leaving his house in Antipolo to head to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Tanay, Rizal.

Source: Inquirer Archives

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: environmental defenders, Global Witness, What Went Before
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.