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Groups Denounce Killings of Environmental Activists
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Groups Denounce Killings of Environmental Activists
By atm.admin - Posted on March 3rd, 2010

March 3, 2010

Press Release

GROUPS DENOUCE KILLINGS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS

MANILA, Philippines – Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group on environmental and human rights issues and people’s movement composed of more than eighty (80) organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, denounces the killings of environmental activists Gensun Agustin in Buguey Cagayan and Ricardo Ganad in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro.

Gensun Agustin at the ATM General Assembly in January 2010.
Gensun_Agustin(Photo by ATM)
“ATM denounces the brutal killings of environmental activists Gensun Agustin in Buguey Cagayan and Ricardo Ganad in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. The death of the two staunch anti-mining leaders happened in less than a month apart and both murders cannot discount their strong opposition to mining and political affiliations to anti-mining local officials as the possible angles of motives to their gruesome deaths during this election period,” said ATM national coordinator Jaybee Garganera.

“It is alarming that despite the supposedly implementation of a ‘stricter measure’ on the nationwide gun ban by Government, the shooting of Agustin and Ganad, which caused the death of two environmental activists, happened in broad daylight,” exclaimed Garganera.

“We ask the government law enforcement agencies, specially the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) to fast track the investigations in these incidents to help the victims of the brutal killings achieve justice the soonest and diligently take extra precautions in keeping the peace and order in areas with mining controversies,” said Garganera.

“The presence of big mining companies in different areas across the nation has created social divides among the pros and anti-mining groups. The election period highlights mining as a hot political issue in different localities because of the believed big money involved that creates bigger social tension among groups. Mining companies are inclined to support candidates that will most likely grant them with the ‘social license’ they need to smoothly operate in this country,” added Garganera.

“We, in ATM, would like send our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones and friends survived by the passing of the anti-mining heroes Gensun Agustin and Ricardo Ganad. We would also like to commend the unwavering efforts and bravery of other environmental activists whose strong opposition to mining have prevailed over the years, which money cannot buy,” said Garganera.

ATM is convened by HARIBON, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Friends of the Earth Philippines (LRC/FOEI) and Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA). (30)

For more information:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM Coordinator, (0915) 315.37.19, < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Roslyn Arayata, ATM Policy & Advocacy Officer, (0917) 521.7937, < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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