Fishers group commends Thunberg’s solidarity with Filipino activists vs “Duterte’s terror law”
Manila, Philippines — “The campaign against the widely–objected anti-terrorism law is heading towards a positive direction with the endorsement and support by no less than the world-renowed climate activist Greta Thunberg,” According to the militant fishers group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), commending the founder of global youth climate movement Fridays for Future for expressing opposition against the Anti-Terrorism Act, which was already signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte early this month.
“We extend our warmest gratitude to Thunberg for supporting the Filipinos’ clamor against this repressive and draconian measure under the guise of combating terrorism in the Philippines. Her statement was timely and crucial especially on this current dangerous political climate in the country hounding environmental rights defenders. With her statement, we can feel that there are prominent people who are sympathetic with our struggle. She proves that the call for climate justice should correspond with the struggle for social justice,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA said that environmental defenders are usually the targets of “state terrorism under the Duterte regime”, citing the report of the human rights group KARAPATAN where at least 13 environmentalists have been killed extra-judicially from July 2016 to December 2019.
“Duterte has been widely exposed across Western countries as the abhorred tyrant of the Orient. We are calling on all climate activist formations across the world to emulate Thunberg and support the Filipino people’s struggle both for climate and social justice,” ended Hicap. ###