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(UPDATE) Environmentalists blockade Angono dumpsite

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 29, 2008

Serve ‘citizen’s arrest’ warrant on mayor

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 13:58:00 08/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Environmental forcibly closed a waste dump in Angono, Rizal early Friday morning, blockading the entrance with steel scaffolding in an attempt to put an end to what they called a “garbage bin” in Laguna Lake.

The activists, who called themselves the Greenpeace Water Patrol, wore orange coveralls and posted a huge placard saying “Laguna Lake dumpsite closed” outside the gates of the waste facility.

Garbage trucks and workers at the dumpsite were forced to wait outside for the duration of the protest.

The protesters also trooped to the Angono municipal hall to serve a “citizen’s arrest warrant” on Mayor Aurora Villamayor for alleged violation of the Clean Water Act (RA 9275) and the Ecological Waste Management Act (RA 9003), Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Toxics Campaigner, said.

“Greenpeace Water Patrol is taking action by closing down this waste dump. This mound of garbage clearly pollutes Laguna Lake. There should never have been a dumpsite here in the first place, and there should be no more excuses about cleaning it up immediately,” she said.

The group urged Angono officials to remove any dumpsites near its bodies of water. Last April, the group branded the municipality a “blatant example of illegal waste dumping.”

More than 16 million people rely on Laguna Lake for food, water and livelihood, but the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has reported a total of 18 dumpsites near or on the lake’s banks.

“By continuing to treat Laguna Lake as a rubbish bin, it is obvious that the local government of Angono lacks sincerity and political will to protect their own water resources. The dumpsite is in full operation despite common knowledge that it is violating environmental laws and polluting the lake,” Baconguis said.


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