Kalikasan PNE deplores farmer killings; cites it as big blow to environmental protection
Militant ecological group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) has maintained that farmer killings remain the biggest blow to the country’s environmental protection efforts.
“This shows that the unabated killings of farmers are the single biggest blow to the country’s environmental protection efforts. Protecting the lives and rights of farmers will allow them to continue their innate role of protecting watersheds and agricultural lands,” he added.
Kalikasan noted a major driver of land and environmental defender killings under the Duterte administration is the aggressive expansion of plantations and other agribusiness venture arrangements, accounting for 50 percent of the killings under his term.
Under Duterte, this rate has increased to 69 percent with peasant farmer groups such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, a member organization of Kalikasan being pointed to as the culprit of the various counter-insurgency policies such as the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Memorandum Order 32, and Executive Order 70 pouring military troops into rural areas operating with brazen impunity.Read more: Manila Bulletin News
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