Climate Justice Group Commemorates the death of Slain Anti-Coal Activist

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) commemorates the 40 days after death of anti-coal activist Gloria Capitan. The group also strongly condemns the slow turn out of investigation regarding the said extrajudicial killing.

According to Ian Rivera, PMCJ National Coordinator, “the government must not implement its vision of change at the expense of the value of the lives of its citizens.” “Change without respect to human rights is not change at all. It is just another system that promotes oppression, impunity and disrespect to humanity”, Rivera added.

PMCJ along with other climate justice and environmentalist groups hold its protest action in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to demand justice from the current administration for their slain comrade. This day will mark the start of the group’s relentless action to demand to the Duterte Administration justice of the killing of Gloria Capitan. A sign-on petition condemning the dastardly act have elicited global support from other climate justice groups.

Ate Glo, as called by other climate justice activists, was shot dead last July 1, 2016 at around 7:30 pm by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle in Purok 2, Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles in Bataan province. She was a staunch human rights defender whose only dream was to help bring change to their small barangay against the health and environmental menace posed by the huge coal stockpile in their area.