DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of environmentalists on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, occupied the city’s Sangguniang Panglungsod building to protest a plan to set up a coal-fired power plant here.
The protest rally was held as the councilors met in a special session to discuss the issue.
Mayor Sara Duterte earlier vetoed a land reclassification ordinance that allows the proposed establishment of a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the city.
But on Monday, the councilors held a special session to overturn the mayor’s veto. At least 21 of 23 councilors voted to overrule Duterte. – Karlo Manlupig/Davao