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Environmental lawyer asks court for Writ of Kalikasan to stop tree cutting in Cebu

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stop the cutting of more trees in Cebu

TREES. An environmental lawyer asks for a temporary restraining order on cutting trees in Cebu. File photo by Rappler

Marikina mayor offers P200,000 reward for 'culprit' in pig carcasses dumping

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro says the city government will file a writ of kalikasan before the Marikina Regional Trial Court following the incident

WATER SAMPLING. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (2nd, left) oversees water sampling in an area in Marikina River following the discovery of dumped pig carcasses there. Photo from Marikina LGU

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

Supreme Court spares IBP, Diokno in West PH Sea case mess

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The SC says, 'Counsels for petitioners were sternly warned that the commission of the same or similar infractions in the future would be dealt with more severely'

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court: IBP must prove fishermen knew of West PH Sea petition

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Even after withdrawing the fishermen's petition, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines is not out of trouble yet

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

P773 billion worth of Philippine natural wealth 'sold out' by Duterte gov't

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A network of environmental groups says 3 years of the Duterte presidency has resulted in the selling out of at least P773 billion worth of the Philippines' sovereign mineral, water, wildlife, and marine resources

Photos by Shutterstock, Angie de Silva and Cherline Trajano/Rappler.

Supreme Court issues gag order in fishermen's West PH Sea petition

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida has traded barbs with Integrated Bar of the Philippines and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

GAG ORDER. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Solicitor General Jose Calida and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) counsel Andre Palacios are issued gag orders by the Supreme Court over a Writ of Kalikasan petition. All photos by Rappler

Not dropping case yet: IBP's new leaders stand by West PH Sea petition

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The handling lawyers ask the Supreme Court for more time to talk to fishermen from Palawan and Zambales after 19 of them give affidavits to the Duterte government to disown the petition

PETITION. IBP's former national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo (3rd from right) and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (utmost left) take a photo with some of the fishermen who were named in the petition against the Duterte government over 'neglect' of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the IBP

'Na-Recto 22,' Diokno says of fishermen withdrawing from West PH Sea petition

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'Hindi lang kahina-hinala na patagong nakipag-usap ang gobyerno sa mga kliyente namin, labag din sa legal ethics yan. Mukhang na-Recto 22 na naman ang mga Pilipino,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

PETITION. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno represents fishermen in a petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglecting the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Calida: Fishermen disown West PH Sea petition

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether

DISOWNED? Solicitor General Jose Calida secures the affidavit of 19 fishermen who disown the West Philippine Sea petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on their behalf. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino’s SC appointees lean toward Duterte in West PH Sea case

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa seem inclined to dismiss the petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

SUPREME COURT associate justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, and Benjamin Caguioa

Justice Reyes: Instead of West PH Sea, spend on Pasig river

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr defends President Rodrigo Duterte in an ongoing petition accusing the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio inhibits from West PH Sea case vs Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'I voluntarily inhibited for the peace of mind of the Solicitor General,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

INHIBIT. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio voluntarily inhibits from a Writ of Kalikasan petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Environment group hits Oceanagold for operating without gov't contract

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Kalikasan PNE also calls out the environment department for not blocking Oceanagold's application for Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement renewal. Its first FTAA has expired on June 20.

OCEANAGOLD. A mining pit operated by OceanaGold. Image from oceanagold.com

Environmental group urges gov't not to renew OceanaGold's contract

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Kalikasan PNE national coordinator Leon Dulce says the government's decision on Oceanagold for contract renewal will serve as an 'acid test' of its stance on mining

Aerial view of Oceanagold mine’s open pit. Screen grab from Google Maps

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 'neglect' of West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) The oral arguments have been moved to July 2

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court will hold on June 25 oral arguments on the issue of alleged government neglect in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Manila Bay master plan needs reworking – environment group

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:42 PM

If reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area will push through, Kalikasan PNE estimates that 11 million families will be affected, whether directly or indirectly

Various groups hold a protest to stop the reclamation projects set to be built in different parts of the historic and biodeversity-rich Manila Bay, at Harbour square in Manila on March 27, 2019. International Ocean Conservation Group, Oceana to Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, militant fisherfolk group, PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, Canoe Kayak dragon boat federation and the members of the Manila Yatch Club bond together for the event. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018, 'Dyosa ng Kalikasan' segment

May 19, 2018 - 10:44 PM

See the ladies in costume!

Con-Com wants environmental rights in new constitution

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Self-executing environmental rights would be part of the bill of rights of the new federal constitution, says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says

IN PHOTOS: Indigenous groups protest outside mining conference

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Around 300 protesters troop to the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to demand an end to destructive mining practices

Groups of Indigenous People with environment activists hold a lightning rally against the on-going Mining Philippines 2017 Conference of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines at the Sofitel in Pasay City on September 6, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016 according to environmental monitor Global Witness

DENR employees hope Cimatu will continue Lopez's advocacies

May 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

As union obligado [kaming] suportahan sino man ang i appoint na secretary [Sana] maipagpatuloy yung nasimulan ni Secretary Lopez

NEW CHIEF. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath of office for Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Malacañang photo

Tacloban DENR employees protest lack of Yolanda assistance

May 08, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The employees call for the Duterte administration to immediately release the financial assistance due them as they were affected by typhoon Yolanda

PROTEST. The DENR employees in Tacloban protested on May 8, 2017, as the government has yet to provide financial assistance for them after they were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

Supreme Court junks road sharing petition

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The petition seeks to compel the government to limit cars to half of the roads but the High Court denies it

CAR-CENTRIC. Petitioners walk through Taft Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Manila, to reach the Supreme Court. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

12 environment advocates killed under Duterte

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Citing data from non governmental group Kalikasan which recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration Vice President Leni Robredo seeks to have the deaths investigated

12 DEAD. There have been 12 environmental activists killed in the last 7 months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office. Rappler file photo

QC gov't appeals closure of Payatas landfill

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:41 PM

But an environmentalist group says the the national government has already given too many extensions to the Quezon City government

Meet our country's environmental heroes

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:06 PM

As we celebrate the National Heroes Day here are some of the stories of our environmental heroes those who sacrificed their lives to protect the Philippines environment

What drives Gina Lopez?

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez vows to make things happen now that she s in government What keeps her going?

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, a longtime environment advocate, talks to Rappler about what it's like to be on the other side of the fence. Screenshot from Rappler

Gina Lopez: Investing in natural resources can help ease poverty

Jul 28, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says the Natural Resources Development Corporation can go into joint ventures with communities and help in poverty alleviation

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

A week after audit, DENR suspends 4 mining firms

Jul 08, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says the ongoing audit of mining operations in the country is not purely technical but has social and environmental dimensions as well

RESPONSIBLE MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about responsible mining on her first day on the job. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Zambales governor issues executive order to suspend mining

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:12 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan recently against 5 mining firms operating in Zambales

SUSPENDED. Executive Order No. 1 suspends mining operations in the province of Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Green groups: Lopez is 'right choice' for DENR post

Jun 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED But environmentalists also urge Gina Lopez to make a strong statement rejecting environmentally destructive projects her own family is pushing for

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Pro- or anti-environment: What can we expect from presidential bets

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The environmental network Green Vote 2016 tries to grade the candidates Rappler does its own research to give a full picture of their stand on 6 environmental issues

PASSED OR FAILED? Environmental groups show the report card of each presidential candidate based on their assessment of their stands on various environmental issues. Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Kalikasan PNE

Protect Mother Earth, don't vote for Marcos – environmentalists

Apr 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Activists recall the destructive projects of the late President Ferdinand Marcos but vice presidential bet Marcos Jr boasts of the climate change and green building bills he has filed in the Senate

Firefighters battle Mt Apo fire

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED Accounts say the fire started at 1 pm on Black Saturday along the blueberry area near the Mt Apo summit the highest peak in the country and a major tourist spot

FIRE. Fire on the Mt Apo summit is reported on Black Saturday. Its cause is still undetermined. Photo by Philip Dizon

Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

#COP21 Mood Meter: Divided

Dec 14, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Although divided many see the Paris climate deal as a challenge to keep pushing for climate action

BETTER WORLD. Reactions to the climate deal are divided, but most agree that the fight for a better world does not end with COP21. Arnaud Bouissou/Rappler file photo

Aquino's COP21 speech: What didn't make the cut?

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Failing to recognize the deep seated problems of climate change means we will fail in the search for genuine solutions