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Gov't officials sued at Supreme Court for 'neglect' of West PHL Sea
Published April 16, 2019 3:58pm

A group of Palawan fishermen and farmers on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to order the government to enforce environmental laws in the Philippines' waters and exclusive economic zone.

In a newly-filed petition, the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association urged the High Court to direct the Duterte administration to permanently stop from "neglecting the performance of their duties in violation of environmental laws" through the issuance of a writ of kalikasan.

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 Represented by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the organization also wants the government ordered to protect, preserve, rehabilitate or restore the environment in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef.

They also sought the issuance of a writ of continuing mandamus requiring the government to perform acts mandated upon them by Philippine environmental laws.

Citing evidence submitted by the government to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the international arbitral court that ruled for the Philippines in 2016, the group alleged that Chinese fishermen and vessels have harvested endangered species and used cyanide and dynamite in Panatag and Ayungin Shoals, violating the Philippine Fisheries Code.

They also assailed Chinese construction activities in Panganiban Reef.

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