[Statement] “Angat Buhay Para sa Kalikasan” Statement on the New Administration

“Angat Buhay Para sa Kalikasan” Statement on the New Administration

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and Vice-President-elect Sara Duterte are slated to take their oath this month and govern our country for the next six years.

However, in the wake of election irregularities such as massive-voting buying, malfunctioning VCMs, disenfranchisement of voters and allegations on electronic vote rigging, we call on the Comelec to investigate these cases and hold accountable those found guilty.

We recognize that President Marcos, Jr. and Vice-President Duterte has captured the votes of the electorate in a landslide victory. But we also note that this victory is a result of a decades-long campaign to rehabilitate the reputation of the Marcoses through historical revisionism and the propagation of fake news. There have been reports of massive disinformation and misinformation, particularly on Martial Law and the dictatorial rule of President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

It is also worth noting that the Marcos-Duterte tandem secured their victory, largely with the help of influential political dynasties. Plus, their campaign zeroed in on redtagging the opposition as a way to completely discredit the latter.

We are concerned that the next administration will continue to sow disinformation and marginalize groups critical of its programs and policies. We worry that a culture of impunity on human rights violations will persist along with projects destructive of the environment and grassroots communities. We are wary of continued economic downturn and that our leaders will fail to curb corruption and deliver social services amidst sky-rocketing prices, increasing debts and higher taxes.

We are further alarmed over Mr. Marcos’ pronouncements of pursuing the rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, as well as the implications of appointing to his Cabinet an exec of the San Miguel Corporation whose massive infrastructure projects like PAREX and the Aerocity are major threats to people and planet.

Given these, we renew our commitment to institutional reforms and progressive policies that put the people’s welfare and the environment above all other priorities. Much like the ideas set by the Angat Buhay program by linking the state of the Philippine environment with our agricultural systems, and with such systems linking to enriching the lives of all Filipinos, we aspire to push the benefits of protecting and enhancing the state of our environment through good governance in all aspects of society. We vow to stand by the Filipino people and resist measures that will imperil the nation, especially our natural resources and marginalized communities.

As we celebrate World Environment Day this June 5, 2022, we declare that we shall remain vigilant as we push for programs that would address the impacts of climate change and preserve the environment for future generations. We will stand firm in our convictions while we exercise our constitutional rights as citizens of this country. Along with various civil society groups and social movements, we will actively engage in the affairs of the nation as we pursue our advocacies and vision for a better Philippines.#

For more details, please contact:
Jaybee Garganera,
Angat Buhay para sa Kalikasan Coordinator (+63917) 5498218

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