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Stand with Filipino Environmental Defenders against the Terror Law!

Defending people and our planet is not terrorism!

Demand the Duterte administration through the Philippine Congress to repeal the Anti-Terrorism Law by signing up.


Stand with Filipino Environmental Defenders against the Terror Law!

The global environmental and climate justice movement stands together with Filipino environmental defenders and climate protectors in rejecting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 recently signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ‘Terror Law’ is a draconian measure that would worsen the already atrocious human rights situation in the Philippines, previously tagged as the world's deadliest country for land and environmental defenders in 2019.[i]
With the wide latitude of discretion given to law enforcement agents and very limited accountability mechanisms for their abuses, the Antiterrorism law’s provisions allowing detention up to 24 days without charges, warrantless arrests, and  the suppression of freedom of expression and right to privacy [ii] threatens the work of Filipino indigenous people, small farmers, artisanal fishers, forest workers, and environmental activists operating in one of the global frontlines of the ecological and climate crisis.

In the first three years of the Duterte Administration, environmental defenders and advocates have been attacked in all fronts as they protect at least 6.2 million hectares of watershed forests, agricultural lands, coasts, and seas.[iii] Their work play an important role in protecting these landscapes and seascapes situated in one of the 18 mega-biodiverse countries[iv] that is also the 5th most mineralized[v] and yet the 2nd most climate-vulnerable nation in the world.[vi]

Environmental defenders and advocates also stand up against transnational mining companies, big logging and agribusiness, and infrastructures that are considered by government as ‘vital installations’ and ‘critical investments. As such, at least 19,498 of the defenders have been erroneously terror-tagged and subjected to various other human rights abuses.[vii]

Despite the dangers they face everyday, environmental defenders are steadfastly the first and last line of defence for our planet. In this era of runaway climate crisis and pandemics emerging from nature under siege, we have to resist laws that undermine our ability to protect our rights to a balanced and healthful ecology, and most especially, the right to life of everyone. 

We thus demand the Duterte administration, through the Philippine Congress, to repeal the Anti-Terrorism Law.
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[i] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/30/philippines-deadliest-country-defenders-environment-global-witness
[ii] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/6/anti-terrorism-bill-review.html
[iii] https://app.box.com/s/ertqfy2miuhdatq07e5wqzvnhvz7zrtf
[iv] https://www.cbd.int/countries/profile/?country=ph
[v] https://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/11983-fast-facts-mining-philippines
[vi] https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/06/19/ph-2nd-most-affected-by-disasters-extreme-weather-worldwide-climate-index
[vii] https://www.rappler.com/nation/250880-crackdown-environmental-defenders-yearly-ecological-damage

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Signatories

Kevin Aboy
Chairperson
Saribuhay UP Manila

Lia Alonzo
Executive Director
Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines

Celia Austria
Associate Professor in Biology (ret.)
Member, Research Ethics Committee
University of the Philippines Baguio

Chuck Baclagon
Associate Director for Asia Digital Campaigns, 350.org Asia
Volunteer, 350.org Pilipinas

Rowena R. Boquiren, Ph.D.
Professor (ret.)
University of the Philippines Baguio

Luke Borromeo
National Chairperson
Agham Youth

Jayeel Cornelio, PhD
Director, Development Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University

Francis Dela Cruz
Convenor
Aksyon Klima

Leon Dulce
National Coordinator
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment

Yolanda Esguerra
National Coordinator
Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated

Jefferson Estela
Lead Convenor
Youth Strike For Climate Philippines

Rodne Galicha
Executive Director
Living Laudato Si’ Philippines

Lea Guerrero
Country Director
Greenpeace Philippines

Fernando Hicap
National Chairperson
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas

Jhayee Ilao
Secretary General
Millennials PH

Prof. Cielo Magno
Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines School of Economics
International Board Member, Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative

Anya Mendoza
Executive Director
Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives

Maya Quirino
Legislative Advocacy Coordinator
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Friends of the Earth Philippines

Danilo Ramos
Chairperson
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

Nestor Ravilas
President
Penuel School of Theology

Ramon San Pascual
Executive Director
Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia

Atty. Zelda Soriano
Legal Director
Community Legal Help and Public Interest Centre

Mitzi Jonelle Tan
Convenor
Youth Advocates for Climate Action in the Philippines

Mai Taqueban
Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
University of the Philippines

Vhon Michael Tobes
Executive Director
Zero Hour Philippines

Kakay Tolentino
Spokesperson
Katribu – Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan sa Pilipinas