SC junks writ of kalikasan petition vs Bulacan airport

The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the writ of kalikasan plea filed by fisherfolk and environmental groups against the construction of the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, a project of San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta confirmed in a text message to reporters that the petition was dismissed.

No other details of the decision have been released as of posting.

Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Estenzo Ramos said their group, one of the petitioners, would defer commenting until they have received a copy of the ruling.

A writ of kalikasan is a legal remedy protecting the constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology.

Oceana and other groups sought a temporary environmental protection order to stop SMC subsidiary San Miguel Aerocity Incorporated from constructing the airport.

They alleged that the airport project violated a number of laws, including the Philippine Fisheries Code, Clean Water Act, Climate Change Act, and Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.

Given that the 50-year franchise bill granted to SMC already lapsed into law, it's all systems go for the P736-billion airport project.

Spanning 2,500 hectares, the airport is envisioned as an alternative gateway to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It will have 4 runways, 8 taxiways, and 3 passenger terminals eyed to serve some 100 million passengers annually. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.

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