[In the news] How ‘green’ is your Senate bet? Group tracks candidates’ records -RAPPLER.com

With over a week before the May 13 polls, an environmental group ranked 24 senatorial candidates according to their track records in protecting the environment to help voters make an informed choice on election day.

In a statement on Friday, May 3, the Ecological Challenge for Change Coalition (Eco-Challenge) said it ranked former Bayan Muna congressman Neri Colmenares as the candidate with the best environmental track record, and former presidential aide Bong Go with the worst track record.

Eco-Challenge assessed the 24 candidates based on their “track records in policymaking or enforcement, policy pronouncements, direct or family interests in environmentally critical projects or programs, and campaign money trails.”

The group checked the candidates’ connections and positions on the following issues:

  • Big mining
  • Reclamation
  • Dams
  • Plantations
  • Dirty energy and climate
  • Environmental defenders rights
  • Charter change

“Voters have faced these issues of displacement, loss of livelihood and basic needs, and chronic poverty stemming from the worsening degradation of our environment and natural resources. They are highly motivated to deliver a ‘green vote,’” Eco-Challenge said.

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