Landgrabbing breeds hunger, resistance

Features Philippines May 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm

BOOKLAUNCH_1Mining companies comprise some of the country’s biggest landgrabbers.

MANILA – Did they go to the wrong office or is it just the wrong secretary?

After NGO workers launched a book documenting big cases of land grabbing in the Philippines yesterday, May 17, they drove to the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to give the Environment Secretary a copy. But the scheduling of the visit to hand over the book was done when Regina Lopez was still the Environment Secretary and she has been replaced since May 8 by Roy Cimatu. The result was that only four NGO workers from the delegation were allowed to enter the DENR office and after making them wait, only a staff of an undersecretary received the book. Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu was reportedly in Iloilo.

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