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Mr. Clemente Bautista Jr.

Wrong Clemente Bautista Jr.?

National Coordinator

Local Address: Quezon City, Philippines
Company Description: KALIKASAN-People's Network for the Environment is a network of people's organizations (POs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental advocates. It...   more
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EcoRes Forum: Environmental (In)Justice E-Conference Profiles, 24 Oct 2014 [cached]
Clemente G. Bautista Jr.
Asia-Pacific environmental educators, activists unite on global warming | Center for Environmental Concerns, 21 Sept 2014 [cached]
Clemente Bautista, Jr. of Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (KPNE), a national campaign network, shared their experience in strengthening Filipino environmental mass movements and promoting sustainable development from the point of view of people's organizations.
News and Features — CHRP UK, 14 April 2014 [cached]
operations," Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the
that these were rebels, or were caught in the crossfire," Mr Bautista said. "There's a sense of impunity in the Philippines, particularly on issues of killings of environmental activists.
For some, like Mr Bautista of the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment in the Philippines, the course of action should be bolder, and he recommends immediately suspending all contested large-scale mining operations and "radically changing" the country's mining law. Already, Mr Bautista said, several campaigns have met with success, and he looks forward to continuing Kalikasan's legislative push.
environment," Mr Bautista said. "That's happening now.
Pres. BS Aquino's Executive Order 79 ..., 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Pres. BS Aquino's Executive Order 79 further reinforced the wholesale of our mineralized lands and has done nothing to arrest the growing incidents of environmental destruction, land-grabbing and human rights violations," said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.
Oceana Gold's commercial operations have caused the massive siltation in its adjacent rivers, reduced the productivity of surrounding agricultural lands, and exploited its workers with low wages and lack of benefits," noted Bautista.
Data recorded by the Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders have noted that the militarization of mining-affected communities under Aquino's mine investment defense policies have resulted in at least 30 victims of politically-motivated killings, 4 cases of frustrated murder, and 27 victims of strategic lawsuits against public participation or SLAPPs.
Bautista said the current policies not only caused destruction and rights violations during the operations of mines, but also encouraged the abandonment of unrehabilitated mines. The decade-long case of the Marinduque people filed against Marcopper mining corporation, now owned by Canadian-owned Barrick Gold, for causing one of the country's most severe mine spill disasters, was almost settled with a P20-million 'take it or leave it' deal that would have exonerated the company from causality. South Korean-owned Rapu-Rapu Minerals, which concluded its eight-year mining contract in the island of Rapu-Rapu in Albay, attempted to leave without implementing the rehabilitation provision of its contract.
"The attempts of Rapu-Rapu Minerals and Marcopper-Barrick Gold to skirt their responsibilities in rehabilitating their mine sites upon closure belie the claims of the mining industry lobby and national government that the mine operations in the country are socially and environmentally responsible. Let us also not forget how Philex Mining Corporation has weaseled its way out of its 20-million metric-ton tailings disaster last 2012 but has not fully rehabilitated Balog and Agno River and has not fully compensated all downstream communities they affected," added Bautista.
Bautista said the various Green Flag Day actions across the country united in their calls for the repeal of both the Mining Act of 1995 and EO 79. He said that a new people's mining policy should be ratified in order to reorient the mining industry towards ensuring needs-based utilization, environmental safety and people's welfare in the objective of ensuring genuine land reform, agricultural modernization and national industrialization.
Reference: Clemente Bautista, National Coordinator - Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) - 0922 844 9787
OceanaGold's operations should ..., 18 Sept 2014 [cached]
OceanaGold's operations should immediately be stopped by DENR to prevent further pollution, and should immediately hold these environmental criminals accountable," said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).
Long-term exposures can damage our liver and kidneys," said Bautista.
"These heavy metals and other harmful chemicals can accumulate along the interconnections in Nueva Vizcaya's various ecosystems, which threatens its status as a watershed haven, biodiversity hotspot, and potential agricultural center of the Cagayan Valley," Bautista added.
Bautista noted that OceanaGold was a consistent environmental criminal throughout its different projects across the globe It has even figured in the filing of a USD $301 million lawsuit against the government of El Salvador in South America when the government ruled to deny OceanaGold's mining permit for failing to comply with community and environment regulations.
"We challenge the Aquino government to stand up against the corporate bully that is OceanaGold. The DENR must immediately order OceanaGold to cease and desist its operations. OceanaGold must be compelled to immediately compensate all communities it has adversely affected in its spate of environmental and rights violations, and ordered to immediately address all its outstanding environmental, social and cultural crimes-or else face permanent closure," ended Bautista.#
Reference: Clemente Bautista - 0922 844 9787
- Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE)
Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) said OceanaGold's mining operations had posed "a serious environmental risk" on the communities in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.
An Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) conducted this month by Kalikasan PNE, scientist group AGHAM, and provincial alliance Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK) in the river systems affected by the mining operations showed that there is "massive heavy metal contamination" in the water, particularly in the Didipio river.
"The copper concentration levels in the tested water was also found to be twice above the permitted levels for irrigation use and eight times the maximum level for the survival of organisms," Bautista said. "These levels would severely deplete fish and shellfish populations, and stunt the growth and productivity of agricultural lands that are irrigated or flooded by these waters."
The EIM also found presence of heavy metal copper that "greatly exceeded the maximum tolerable levels" for water organisms. There is also copper presence in the rice fields, which affect land productivity and can be passed on through human consumption.
Bautista said "copper poisoning can cause various diseases that afflict our circulatory, digestive and excretory systems. Long-term exposures can damage our liver and kidneys."
"The community's livelihood has diminished with the loss of farms and freshwater, and those who have resorted to jobs in OceanaGold found themselves discriminated and with no proper benefits and protection. Many remain unjustly compensated for the encroachment and damage to their land and livelihood. Bautista said.
"OceanaGold's operations should immediately be stopped by DENR to prevent further pollution, and should immediately hold these environmental criminals accountable," Bautista said.
In 2011, the Commission on Human Rights recommended to President Aquino to withdraw OceanaGold's FTAA after the company was found guilty of human rights violations against the communities resisting its operations. The company however continued its operations, going into commercial production since last year.
"OceanaGold was a consistent environmental criminal throughout its different projects across the globe," said Bautista.
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