Laiban Dam Project a Monster Goldmine
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Monday, 22 February 2010 13:37

Here is FDC's press release:
February 17, 2010

Laiban Dam Project a Monster Goldmine
MANILA, Philippines – The proposed 113-meter high Laiban Dam project in Tanay, Rizal is a “monster goldmine” that will bring only unnecessary rate increases to the Metro Manila population while furthering private control over water resources, according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition.  

In a joint protest action with various organizations campaigning against the proposed Laiban Dam Project held Wednesday in front of the main office of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Sytem (MWSS), FDC said that any contract to proceed with the Laiban Dam project would not only be disastrous to the local communities already opposing the proposed project, but would also redound into unprecedented costs for the Metro Manila population within the MWSS’ service area.

We must stop the Laiban Dam Project
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Monday, 22 February 2010 13:31

We must stop the Laiban Dam Project

February 17, 2010

We must address the real “water crisis”. Metro Manila's “water crisis” has nothing to do with a deficit in water supply, and everything to do with wasteful water management practices. Officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) are saying that we need more water when what we actually need is a better MWSS. The demand projections that are being touted around as the main justification for the dam project are not at all supported by the facts. At best, they are but empty figures.

According to the Freedom from Debt Coalition, we would need only 1260 million liters per day (MLD) to provide each Metro Manila resident with double the minimum volume of 50 liters per capita per day (lcpd) prescribed by the World Health Organization. This required volume of 1260 MLD is barely one-third of our already existing supply. Even in the worst case scenario of an extreme El Nino drought this year, the allocated supply from Angat Dam will not go lower than 3000 MLD. As observed by the National Water Resources Board, the domestic water supply for metro manila would still be manageable but it would be imperative on the MWSS to properly rationalize the distribution of this supply.

The records and statements of both Maynilad and Manila Water support the fact that our water supply is actually sufficient to meet the needs of the coming years. Maynilad Services, for one, is presently using only around 35% of its allocated supply to service its existing customers.

UN envoy to Myanmar asked to table 'human rights protection' on Burma polls
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Monday, 15 February 2010 14:45

15 FEBRUARY 2010

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UN envoy to Myanmar asked to table 'human rights protection' on Burma polls

As UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana today starts his five-day visit in Burma, solidarity activists in the Philippines urged the UN envoy to prioritize on his agenda the “protection of human rights” of the peoples of Burma since the military regime is reportedly cracking down legitimate dissent ahead of polls this year.

Mr. Quintana is scheduled to meet Myanmar foreign minister Nyan Win for his Sittwe visit in Western Rakhine state, close to the country's border with Bangladesh. This will be the envoy's third visit to the country after a previous mission last year was postponed.

Free Burma Coalition-Philippines (FBC-Phils) spokesperson Egoy Bans said, “after two decades since 1990, the peoples of Burma will again exercise their universal right to suffrage by choosing a kind of government that they want. But this election will become meaningless if it will be pursued with brute force. It must be made all-inclusive where everybody could participate without fears of being harassed and intimidated.”

“Until now, there is no real progress in Burma and the human rights situation is worse than before. Not a few envoys made an attempt to bring change in Burma but all have failed miserably. We urge envoy Quintana to make a difference by closely engaging the military generals on the improvement of Burma's human rights record,” Bans added.


FBC-Phils likewise urged UN Envoy Quintana to carry the minimum demands of the Burma democracy movement that include the immediate release of more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, cessation of hostilities against ethnic nationalities and an all-inclusive review of the 2008 Burma constitution.

“By genuinely satisfying these demands, the military regime will not struggle hard to bring 'democratic integrity' to the 2010 elections that could be a giant step to genuine national reconcilliation – if only the junta realizes it,” Bans said.

He concluded, “but if the regime continues to refuse these legitimate demands, no amount of national elections could become acceptable and credible in the eyes of their own people and the international community.”

In 1990, the military regime of Burma held a multi-party elections where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won majority of the parliament seats. The military regime however did not recognize the election results and refused to hand-over power to elected civilian parties. ###
Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2010 14:49
Another Human Rights Defender Falls
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00

AMRSP’s Statement on the Murder of Fr. Cecilio Lucero,
a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Catarman

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8)

A dedicated human rights defender and follower of Christ has fallen victim to the forces of repression.

Fr. Cecilio Lucero, head of the Human Rights Desk of the Diocese of Catarman was ambushed Sunday morning while on his way to the capital town.

We join the entire Diocese of Catarman and all people of goodwill in grieving and we denounce this senseless killing of another dedicated and staunch human rights defender. His dastardly murder is a blot that will forever stain the hands of those in power. No less than the bishop of Catarman suspects that it is the human rights advocacy of Fr. Lucero that led to his murder.

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