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05 March 2018

Ifugao anti-dam activist is 54th environmentalist killed under Duterte

Masked assassins shot and killed indigenous and environmental activist Ricardo Mayumi in his home in the town of Tinoc, Ifugao province last March 2. Mayumi, who reportedly died on the spot from bullet wounds to his left cheek, left chest, and both arms, is the latest environmental defender to be killed under the Duterte regime.

“We condemn the killing of Ricardo Mayumi, a defiant indigenous Kalanguya leader and the 54th environmental defender who has been killed under the Duterte administration. It is deplorable that the impunity against environmental defenders remain unaddressed by the Duterte government to date. An independent and impartial investigation should immediately be conducted on the murder of Mayumi,” said Leon Dulce, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).

Mayumi and the IPM was opposed to the construction of dam projects in Tinoc, Ifugao, which was supposed to be undertaken by the Sta. Clara International Corporation. The dam projects threaten to inundate their ancestral lands and agricultural livelihoods, while depriving the downstream communities with irrigation water.

“Death calls, death messages, and images of death blankets failed to make Mayumi cower and give up their struggle. The suspected hired goons and paramilitary troops responsible for shooting and masterminding the killing should be caught and jailed. We express our grievances with the Mayumi family in their moment of great sorrow as we join them in calling for justice for their slain kin,” Dulce ended.

There are now at least 159 cases of environment-related killings recorded by Kalikasan PNE since 2001. On average, killings under the previous Arroyo administration reached almost four cases per year, while the Aquino administration averaged almost 10 killings per year. The first year under the Duterte administration peaked at 24 killings per year, more than six times the rate under Arroyo. Not a single case of environment-related killing has been effectively resolved to date.

Early in January, international advocacy group Global Witness noted that the Philippines was the second deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders in 2017.#

Reference: Leon Dulce, National Coordinator, Kalikasan PNE – 0917 562 6824

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