Environmental issue turns into 'war of children'
BACOLOD CITY: What was merely an issue of energy vs. environment has now exacerbated with opposing parties bent on using their children to sway government and the courts to their side.
The Save Mount Kanlaon Coalition filed a class suit on Thursday with more than 80 children in the frontlines against the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR), the Park Assets Management Board and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for the latter’s plan to conduct geothermal exploration development at the buffer zone of Mount Kanlaon Natural Park in Negros Occidental.
In their class suit, the respondents included children as young as seven-month-old Daniel Coruna, grandson of petitioners’ lawyer, Andrea Si.
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