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Group condemns murder of environmental lawyer

  • Written by Jun I. Legaspi
  • Published in Nation
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Environmental group Greenpeace yesterday denounced the assassination of environmental lawyer Mia Manuelita Cumba Masacariñas-Green in Tagbilaran, Bohol last Wednesday.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Yen Saño said they condemn in the strongest terms the brutal assassination of Masacariñas-Green, a staunch environmental lawyer and defender of women's and children rights.
   
Greenpeace calls on the authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.
   
“Those who cause environmental destruction are resorting to savage measures and deplorable acts to stop communities and people who are standing up to protect our imperiled environment and the very ecosystems that support  the lives and livelihoods of our people.  We cannot allow this to go on!
   
“It is our duty as Filipinos to fight against this culture of impunity. We must stand up against injustice, savagery, and the use of violence to silence those who are working to make this world a better place.  Let our grief and our outrage at such horrifying acts be heard. Let our actions and people's movements spur our society towards a green and peaceful future.
   
“We demand justice for Mia,” thegroup said.
   
Saño said since 2010, the number of environmental defenders who have been killed is nearing a hundred while 33 were killed in 2015 alone.