Ep.7: on Courage Under Terror with Chuck Baclagon, Issa Barte and Krishna Ariola

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

This episode was produced by MUNI, hosted and written by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre, edited by, 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 [5], 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 [1]. 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, 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 and the Telegram channel

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References (the Global Witness Report and other articles, initiatives or organizations mentioned):

  1. 113 environmental activists killed since Duterte assumed office | Inquirer (August 2019)

  2. PH deadliest country for environmental activists in 2018 | Rappler (July 30, 2019)

  3. Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment | The Guardian (July 30, 2019)

  4. In the Fight to Save the Planet, Its Defenders Are Being Killed | New York Times (August 1, 2019)

  5. [The Global Witness Report 2019] Defending the Philippines: How broken promises are leaving land and environmental defenders at the mercy of business at all costs | Global Witness (September 2019)

  6. Anti-Terror Bill (now Law) Explained by lawyer Ted Te on Pumapodcast | (published on June 8, 2020; updated on July 6, 2020)

  7. tribute to Gloria Capitan

  8. 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)

  9. The Youth Behind Coal-free Negros | Rappler (March 18, 2019)

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