SC justice to Chel Diokno re Kalikasan case: Why not sue Aquino admin too?

SC justice to Chel Diokno re Kalikasan case: Why not sue Aquino admin too?

The Supreme Court started hearing the oral arguments regarding the governments alleged failure to enforce local laws over the West Philippine Sea.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Francis Jardeleza asked human rights lawyer Chel Diokno why they did not sue officials of the previous administration in connection with environmental offenses committed during their term.

Losing senatorial candidate of the Otso Diretso coalition Chel Diokno represents the Palawan fishermen, they did not implead Aquino administration officials when the incidents they referred to occurred from 2012 to 2014.

Chinese reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (photo credit to owner)

Diokno said the previous officials ar no longer in government  and that the respondents in their case -- incumbent officials -- were "sued in the public capacity as heads of the respective agencies."
"The omission or violations that were committed as alleged in the petition should have been the subject of some sort of action at the very least by the government -- if not by the past administration then by those who succeeded them," the lawyer said.
The fishermen from Palawan have asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of kalikasan for the protection of the marine environment in Scarborough Shoal, Ayungin Shoal and Panganiban Reef.

The group cites the evidence the Philippine government submitted to an international tribunal, they said Chinese fishermen have harvested endangered species and used cyanide in the area, incidents that occurred in 2012, 2013, and 2014, before the Duterte government assumed office.

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