Environmental protection orders sought amid US military drills in PH


US and Philippine Marines simulate an amphibious landing as part of RP-US Amphibious Landing Exercise on a beach in San Antonio, Zambales on October 23, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Environmentalist, church leaders and militant groups on Tuesday called on the Supreme Court to issue a series of temporary environmental protection orders (TEPOs) following the on-going US military exercises and port calls of US warships in the Philippines.

“The growing rotational presence in the country of these US troops renders our marine protected areas highly vulnerable to destruction and degradation given the influx of military personnel, weaponry and naval and ground vessels. The unlimited access being given to these warships, without any clear environmental guidelines, reveals the fatal problems of the Visiting Forces Agreement,” Bayan spokesperson Renato Reyes said.

The recent motion is part of an earlier petition filed for the Writ of Kalikasan regarding the grounding of USS Guardian in the Tubbataha reefs.

In their recent motion, they urge the high court to stop all port calls and military exercises in the absence of clear environmental guidelines, duties and liability schemes for breaches of duties.

They also urge the high court to order the US government to deposit to the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) Trust Fund the amount of P58,375,080 or $1,459,377.00 as reasonable guarantee towards full reparations of the park.

Petitioners include Bishop Pedro D. Arigo of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Bishop Deogracias S.Iniguez, Jr., Bishop-Emeritus Of Caloocan, Frances Q. Quimpo, Clemente G. Bautista, Jr. of Kalikasan-Pne, Maria Carolina P. Araullo and Renato M. Reyes Jr. of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna, Roland G. Simbulan, Ph.D., Junk VFA Movement, , Teresita R. Perez, Ph.D., Rep. Raymond V. Palatino, Kabataan Party-List, Peter SJ. Gonzales of Pamalakaya, Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D., Agham, Elmer C. Labog, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Joan May E. Salvador, Gabriela, diver Jose Enrique A. Africa, Theresa A. Concepcion, Mary Joan A. Guan, Nestor T. Baguinon, Ph.D., and public interest lawyer Edsel F. Tupaz.

Named respondents in the petition are Scott H. Swift, commander of the US 7th Fleet; Mark A. Rice, commanding officer of the USS Guardian; President Benigno S. Aquino III for being the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje, Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano, Philippine Navy Flag Officer In Command, Armed Forces Of The Philippines, Admiral Rodolfo D. Isorena, Commandant, Philippine Coast karma Guard, Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, Philippine Coast Guard Palawan, Major Gen. Virgilio O. Domingo, Commandant Of Armed Forces Of The Philippines Command, Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, Us Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, And Balikatan 2013 Exercise Co-Director.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    the commies never quit if there is war think china will worry about the environmental. issuses. what i dont understand is bishops and commies in bed together. you would think they would hate each other. notice its the same names who are raising hell about the minesweeper, what a load of crap



  • Joel_Delano

    Gumagana at nambubulabog na naman ang mga kakampi ng mga communista? Bakit di nila kalampagin ang China at yan ang dahilan kung bakit narito ha Pilipinas ang mga kano. Nakikisakay rin ang mga kulang sa pansin na mga Damaso. Paano nag kakampi ang mga di naniniwala sa diyos at mga alagad ng simbahan?

  • mga BaBoY sa Goberno

    paano eh ang sumusulat nito ay COMMUNISTA..tuta ng communista…

  • Phoinex

    Ang O.A. Naman nitong mga ito! hintayin nyong magka giyera tiyak marami kayong kakasohan tungkol sa environmental issue. Isa na dyan ang mga intsik! bisita nga kayo sa Panatag o di kaya mag tayo kayo duon nang kubo nyo para maka pag monitor din kayo sa mga intsik.

  • freedom of navigation

    Why didn’t I hear one word of complaint from environmental protest group when coral reefs twice the size of Manila were destroyed by poachers and when a mining company spilled toxic on a river?

  • Enviro Equipment, Inc.

    Not sure if any Supreme Court has jurisdiction over US military operations. All the Philippine government can do is not let these operations happen again on their soil.

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