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Speedy resolution of cases as DENR hires environment lawyers

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) vowed to expedite the resolution of cases at the local level as more lawyers joined its legal team. Fifteen environmental lawyers, some of whom were hired since 2017, are now distributed to different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices […] The post Speedy resolution of cases as DENR hires environment lawyers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJan 12th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

DENR seeks more legal experts

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) targets to hire more legal experts to strengthen and speed up the resolution.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

Suspend NCIP, DENR exploration permits in ancestral lands

BAGUIO CITY — In its regular session held on July 3, the city council approved a resolution appealing to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the issuance of certificates by National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allowing operation of extractive industries and mineral explorations within ancestral lands......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 9th, 2017

Duterte admin to zero in on media killings; Justice vowed

The Duterte administration is pushing for the speedy and fair resolution of cases involving the deaths of journalists, including the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

Davao City government urged to use e-vehicles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city council has been urged to pass a measure encouraging local government agencies to use e-vehicles to keep carbon emissions down. Ruth M. Tawantawan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 director said that electric vehicles must be the “future of transport” here due to its […].....»»

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DENR holds 1st National Land Summit

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold the first-ever National Land Summit aimed at discussing issues of.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

PEZA eyes creation of agro, mineral processing ecozones

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is collaborating with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

2 environment execs reassigned over Zambo floods

MANILA, Philippines — Two officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 9 have been ordered relieved from their posts and re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

2 DENR officials in Zamboanga Peninsula relieved

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the relief of his regional director in the Zamboanga Peninsula as well as the chief of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). "Enough is enough. It's not just because of command responsibility. We also want to know ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Following the suspension of two logging concessions on the Zamboanga Peninsula, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered a review of 104 companies that were granted Integrated Forest Management Agreements (IFMAs) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In a statement on Wednesday, January 10 , the DENR said that companies under the IFMA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

DoT, DENR chiefs conduct aerial survey over Boracay

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have embarked on a joint effort to save Boracay island. DoT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu took off on an aerial survey of the world-renowned island and later presided over a meeting, including the island’s tourism stakeholders, […] The post DoT, DENR chiefs conduct aerial survey over Boracay appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Steel smelters urge DENR to approve shift to IFST

MANILA, Philippines — The biggest steel smelters in the country are urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to give its seal of app.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

MICC begins review of mining operations

The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) is set to begin this January its “fact-finding and science-based” review of an initial batch of 26 mine sites ordered either suspended or shut down last year by the previous leadership at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

DENR’s focus next year is not going to be all about mining

If under former Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez the DENR spent too much time tracking down possibly errant mining firms, such may not be the case moving forward as the agency — now led by former military chief Roy Cimatu — zooms in on the issues of air pollution, solid waste management, among others. #BeFullyInformed… link: DENR’s focus next year is not going to be all about mining.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

DENR surpasses goals in environment program

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has surpassed its targets even before 2017 ends......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Hussein detained for one year – Al Jazeera

When his daughter Hagar graduated from high school, Mahmoud Hussein clipped articles from newspapers about universities from the confines of his prison cell. He wanted to be there for Hagar as she was about to embark on a new journey – higher education, and inform her of the best choices. “When I visited, I found that he’d made a list of universities that are suitable for her,” says Zahra Hussein, Hagar’s sister. At 23 years old, Zahra is the second oldest of Hussein’s nine children. Wednesday marks one year since Egypt arrested the Al Jazeera journalist, who is now 51 years old having celebrated a recent birthday at Cairo’s Tora prison. To date, Hussein has not been formally charged. “We’re all unable to adjust,” says Zahra. “The house is dead. Dad is under arrest, so there is no happiness coming in.”  An Egyptian national who was based in Qatar, Hussein was stopped and questioned for 15 hours by authorities, after travelling to Cairo on holiday last December 20.  He was accused of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”, allegations he, his lawyers and Al Jazeera strongly deny. He is in poor physical and mental condition and is being denied adequate medical treatment. After he fractured his arm last summer, officials refused to let Hussein undergo surgery or have his cast changed. Human rights groups say there are currently around 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt, many of whom have disappeared. There are at least 20 journalists currently languishing in Egyptian prisons, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. “I go through many phases of depression, and then I feel that I can’t continue,” says Zahra, who has adopted the role of family caretaker since her father’s arrest. As Hussein was being branded a “terrorist who works for Al Jazeera” by Egypt’s media, her bosses sacked her, saying they could not risk keeping her employed. She now works from home as a freelance translator. “I never wanted to be placed in this terrifying situation. I’ve always had this comforting idea that dad’s here. If any problem arises, dad will solve it.”  As part of his imprisonment, Hussein spent around three months in solitary confinement before being moved to a cell with other prisoners.   At the time of his arrest, Sherif Mansour of CPJ said: “Egyptian authorities are waging a systematic campaign against Al Jazeera, consisting of arbitrary arrest, censorship, and systematic harassment.” Al Jazeera Media Network has said it “rejects all the baseless allegations against Hussein, and condemns the unfair detention, in addition to obtaining false confessions by force. Furthermore, the network holds the Egyptian authorities responsible for Hussein’s safety and well-being”. Hussein is the oldest of nine siblings and hails from a village within the Giza governorate. The first member of his family to attend school, he has two degrees from Cairo University – one in political science, and another in law. “I loved school very much,” he told Al Jazeera in a March 2016 interview for an internal staff magazine. “I used to be top of my class through high school.” In 1988, Hussein started his journalism career as politics editor with the Cairo-based Sawt al-Arab Radio (Voice of Arabs Radio). He later became a broadcaster at the station.   During his years in radio, he also worked for several research centres in Egypt. He joined the state-run Nile TV in 1997 as a political affairs correspondent, before later being promoted as the channel’s head of correspondents.   During his years in radio, he also worked for several research centres in Egypt. He joined the state-run Nile TV in 1997 as a political affairs correspondent, before later being promoted as the channel’s head of correspondents. He spent years in Palestine where he interviewed Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), and covered major events such as Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2006.  He then worked with several Arabic news channels, eventually becoming Sudan TV’s Cairo bureau chief. During those years, Hussein also taught at the Radio and Television Institute in Cairo, giving courses on news production and editing.  In 2010, Hussein joined Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau as a correspondent, after freelancing for the network. He covered Egypt’s 2011 revolution which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak and the events that followed, up until the closing of Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau in 2013. He then moved to Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, where he worked as a news producer. Hussein is someone “who knows how news is made”, says Majed Khedr, his manager in Doha. Sitting in Al Jazeera Arabic’s bustling newsroom, Khedr remembers Hussein’s ability to lighten the mood in a stressful work environment. “What is unique about Mahmoud is his fun spirit. He has a good sense of humour,” Khedr says. “He always brought food, and it was usually Egyptian food …This was Mahmoud’s spirit, God bless him.  “His name is still in our daily work schedule because we are still convinced he is with us.” Anas Zaki, a news editor at Al Jazeera Arabic, described Hussein as someone who “was always there for his friends”. The pair studied at university together and have been friends for more than 30 years. If someone called Hussein in distress late at night, he would rush to their house and “never make him feel like he sacrificed his sleep or comfort”, Zaki says. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

DENR urged to oppose building of executive secretary cottage in Baguio

MANILA, Philippines — A netizen recently filed an online petition urging the Department of Environment and Resources to reject the government’s move to const.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Bayan Muna seeks probe on arrest of environment activist in Ilocos

The Bayan Muna party-list has filed a House resolution condemning and seeking investigation on the arrest of an environmental activist in Ilocos last December 12.   Sherwin De Vera, coordinator of Defend Ilocos, a network of environmental advocates in the Ilocos region, was arrested for rebellion by police while on his way home to Candon, Ilocos Sur, according to the group.   De Vera was on board a bus when it was flagged down by authorities at a checkpoint, the group added.   Under House Resolution no. 1572, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said there was an urgent need for the House leadership to "investigate the continuing harassment, vilification and fil...Keep on reading: Bayan Muna seeks probe on arrest of environment activist in Ilocos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Cemex unit gets DENR nod

A subsidiary of listed cement manufacturer Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. (CHP) has gotten the green light from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the proposed expansion of its production line in Antipolo City, Rizal......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Court junks tax rap vs Jeane Napoles

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) has dismissed a tax evasion case filed against Jeane Napoles, daughter of Janet Lim-Napoles, for insufficiency of evidence. In a resolution released on December 6, the CTA granted Napoles’ demurrer to evidence on criminal cases nos. O-453. Napoles was accused of failing to file a tax return in 2011 [...] The post Court junks tax rap vs Jeane Napoles appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017