5. News Release: Chief Justice Sereno Urged

HELP Implement COP 21 Results in the Country by Issuing TEPO vs. Sarangani Coal-fired Power Plant

Sr. Susan O. Bolanio, OND and Fr. Rey CarvynOndap, CP, petitioners against the Sarangani coal-fired power plant in Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province filed yesterday their motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court’s dismissal of their petition and urged Chief Justice Sereno to lead the Philippine judiciary in playing a key role in implementing the recent results of COP 21 in Paris, particularly in the phasing out of fossil fuels in the country by ruling against the 200MW coal-fired power plant in Sarangani Province.

“As a result of the Paris Agreement, the world is on its path towards the phase-out of fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants will become an anomalous way of generating energy”, said Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND, one of the petitioners

“The judiciary should play its role in phasing out fossil fuel-based forms of energy generation and the Supreme Court, through the leadership of Chief Justice Sereno, can play a key role by issuing a TEPO against the Sarangani coal-fired power plant now”, added the feisty religious from the Mindanao-based Oblates of Notre Dame, who has amassed a significant track record fighting progressive causes dating back from the Martial Law era including environmental causes.

The organization handling the petition is Biodiversity, Innovation, Trade and Society (BITS) Policy Center, Inc., a member of AksyonKlimaPilipinas, a well-known national network of civil society network engaged on issues relating to climate change.

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 851, January 03, 2016)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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