Updated: Jul 19
This episode was produced by MUNI, hosted and written by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre, edited by podwiz.com.au, with music by Diego Mapa and branding by Serious Studio. You can find the MUNI on This Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or listen directly below.
About this episode
How does the anti-terror bill affect our freedoms, and in particular, those who fight to protect our environment and all who live in it?
In 2019, news articles [see references 1, 2, 3, 4 below] circulated about how the Philippines is one of the most deadly places to be an environmental activist.
They would cite the report by Global Witness , which tracks the murders of those who resist mining, farming, logging and other powerful industries that damage ecosystems and drive people off their land. They shared the numbers - with 113 killings since President Duterte assumed office . And with the anti-terror bill and its broad and vague definitions, these people who fight for social and environmental justice face potentially greater dangers in being labeled or "red-tagged" as terrorists.
We asked environmental activists Chuck Baclagon of 350.org, Krishna Ariola of Youth for Climate Hope, & Issa Barte of Fund The Forest to share their stories, of environmental defenders, and how the Anti-Terrorism Bill impacts them and their work. You can learn more and take action via hacktibista.ph and the Telegram channel t.me/nototerrorbill.
We'd also like to invite you join us for our MUNI Meetup on Starting A Movement on June 27, 3-4PM, for an interactive discussion together with some of our guests on this episode and other fellow advocates. More than just the one way communication with you listening to our podcast, we’d love to engage with you and talk about we can build stronger communities to protect people and the planet. Sign up to join us here.
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References (the Global Witness Report and other articles, initiatives or organizations mentioned):
350.org tribute to Gloria Capitan
Examples of abuses of power cited by Chuck - Justice for the Tamasco 8 Killings | Legal Rights Center (November 29, 2018) - Marikina mayor, cops clash over volunteers' arrest | The Philippine Star (May 2, 2020) - ‘Doing nothing is more fatal’: Group defends improvised bike lanes on Commonwealth Ave. | ABS-CBN News (June 2, 2020)
The Youth Behind Coal-free Negros | Rappler (March 18, 2019)