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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINESFIRST JUDICIAL REGION
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH __
SITTING AS AN
ENVIRONMENTAL COURT
Baguio City
CORDILLERA GLOBAL NETWORK REPRESENTED BYITS PRESIDENT GLORIA ABAEO; CORDILLERAPEOPLES ALLIANCE REPRESENTED BY ITS SECRETARY-GENERAL ABIGAIL B. ANONGOS; CORDILLERAINDIGENOUS PEOPLES LEGAL CENTER, REPRESENTEDBY ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RHODA DALANG-GARCIA;CORDILLERA ECOLOGICAL PINE TREE CENTER,REPRESENTED BY ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DR. MICHAELBENGWAYAN; LEON ALTOMONTE, GABRIELA ALTOMONTEAND AENEAS ALTOMONTE, REPRESENTED BY THEIR FATHERKARLO MARKO ALTOMONTE; KATHLEA FRANCYNN GAWANID. YAÑGOT AND LEANDRO KIERAN LUGAT D. YAÑGOT III,REPRESENTED BY THEIR MOTHER, CHERYL L. DAYTEC- YAÑGOT; ZACHARY T. DISTOR AND AGATHA ZITA T. DISTOR,REPRESENTED BY THEIR FATHER, MILO S. DISTOR; JUSTICE YVONNE D. DONAAL REPRESENTED BY HER FATHERCHRISTOPHER DONAAL;TRICIA KATRINA M. ARNEDO ANDMARGARET JALREYE M. ARNEDO, REPRESENTED BY THEIRMOTHER MA. TERESA M. ARNEDO; KENSWORTH CORPUZ,REPRESENTED BY CARLITO C. TAAWAN; MARIE A.BALANGUE, MIGUEL ARVISU, GIDEON OMERO, PAUL ALLAINR. ISICAN, KARMINN CHERYL DINNEY D. YANGOT, CRISTINALAPPAO, NELSON LAPPAO, FLORENDA PEDRO, EDGAR Z.KAWIG, JUDITH G. FANAO, JULIO PUNAY, ARNOLD ABRIL,JEMELYN CORPUZ, MARY LEITH “SUMITRA” GUTIERREZ,ANDREA M . COSALAN, RHADA JUNE MANTILEZ, NELSONJOSEPH S. ALABANZA, RHIS BAYUCCA, JOSE OLARTE II,SONIA F. GALANG, SHIELO G. SABAOT, ANTHONY B. LAKING,DONATELA S. R. MOLINTAS, RUTH W. DEMOT, ROCKY A.CAJIGAN, RONALDO VILLAMOR, GLENN V. VILLAMOR, FIDELDEMOT, SCOT MAGKACHI SABOY, ANNIELYN PUCKING,LUCIA B. RUIZ, CHESTER LAB-ING, MARISSA A. DERIJE FAITHMARIETTE DAO-AY, GABRIEL CRISTOBAL IV, ISIDRO GAYO,EDWIN A. NGINA, JASON DOMLING, J.P. PUNO, JULIA A.BAEYENS, WESLEY E. SAYUD, CLIFFORD M. LORENA, JERRYMAYONA, ZABRINA D. IBASCO, PRINCESS EUNICE CABURAO,ZITA J. GONGON, ALBERTO ROMAR R. ORDOÑA, MAURICIOPITAG, RYLYN JOHAN A. DANGANAN, JEFFREY C. CHIU,MICHAEL ANGELO A. SOTERO, LINDA ALISTO, GREGORY P.RUGAY, VANESSA B. OLARTE, BRIAN BATONG, MILAGROSLIWANAG JOSE, BABYLYNN M. DEGAY, EDEN JARLAWE T.VIRGINIO, IVY JOY D, BUENAOBRA, RICO M. GUTIERREZ,JOHN PAWI, CARMELLIE ANJOY M. SALVADO, JOAN MULLER,ROBERTO R. OCAMPO, DINAH DAYTEC AGCAOILI, CARMENDAYTEC, ERVEEN ROSS PALMA, BUMBO VILLANUEVA,KHRISTINE E. MOLITAS, KATHLEEN G. BUGNOSEN, GLORIA B.LIMPIN, REY ANGELO E. AURELIO, RESTITUTO REFUERZO,
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MARCH FIANZA, FLORABEL M. SALES, DEAN MICHAELCUANSO, BENJAMIN BIDANG, JR., JEANNIE MAY DAMOSLOG,JANICE M. DONAAL, CRISTOBAL SANTIAGO, ETHANANDREW VENTURA, MA. CRISTINA BALAJADIA, RODELIZAABELLA ALTAMONTE, BEDE BAWAYAN, JR., CHRISTEL PAYSENG, PAUL LESTER DONAAL, VIROLABEL LADIO, HENDRIXSANCHEZ, GASPAR ELIZUR DONAAL, MICHAEL VINCENTCABRERA, SANTOS BAYUCCA, ELMER M. DATAYAN, ASH Y.VELASCO, POLEEN CARLA C. ROSITO, MIGHT GUPIT, JULIUSB. MANABENG, JENNY GRACE M. ABOEN, JOJO LA MARIA,VLADIMIR D, CAYABAS, JOHN LAKING, CHARLENE DAVID,GERALDINE D. CACHO, PERRY JOHN P. MENDOZA, HONORIOB. SAGMAYAO, RODOLFO “RUDZ” A. PARAAN, JOHN ERICJOSEPH S. AGUILAR, CERI PAUL A. LOMAS-E, HECTORZARATE KAWIG, RICHARD DEAN F. BASA, MICHELLE B.SAMUEL , FERDY K.BAYASEN , AND SILVESTRE QUINTOS,Plaintiffs,
-VERSUS-CIVIL CASE NO. ______________FOR: INJUNCTION WITH PRAYERFOR TEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTALPROTECTION ORDER
SEC. RAMON J.P. PAJE,
IN HIS CAPACITY ASSECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
; ATTY. JUAN MIGUEL T.CUNA,
IN HIS CAPACITY AS THE DIRECTOR OF THEENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU OF THEDEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURALRESOURCES AND SM INVESTMENT CORPORATION;
SEC. ROGELIO SINGSON,
IN HIS CAPACITY AS THESECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS,
Defendants.
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COMPLAINT
COME NOW, PLAINTIFFS, by and through the undersigned counsels, beforeand unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully state:
Exordium
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The Philippines is one of the few States in the world whose fundamental lawsprompt them to respect, protect, promote and fulfil environmental rights. Specifically,the Philippine Constitution provides that “(t)he State shall advance the right of thepeople to a balanced and healthful ecology in accordance with the rhythm and harmonyof nature.”
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This State policy finds expression in several statutes passed by Congress and in Administrative Orders, Memorandums and Executive Orders of the ExecutiveDepartment to enforce environmental justice. The Philippines is said to be among themembers of the international community with the best environmental laws aside frombeing a party to major international environmental conventions or treaties and other instruments which form part of our domestic law. One such convention is the UnitedNations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) under which partiescommitted to
(t)ake climate change considerations into account, to the extent feasible, in their relevant social, economic and environmental  policies and actions, and employ appropriate methods, for exampleimpact assessments, formulated and determined nationally, with aview to minimizing adverse effects on the economy, on public health and on the quality of the environment, of projects or measures undertaken by them to mitigate or adapt to climatechange.
The constitutional moment that gave birth to the 1987 Constitution was set duringa political period when the nation was newly emergent from the cocoon of a tyrannicalregime that trampled upon democratic institutions and regarded people andcommunities as mere passive objects in the development process. It is no wonder thatthis Constitution states that(t)he right of the people and their organizations toeffective and reasonable participation at all levels of social, political, and economicdecision-making shall not be abridged. The State shall, by law, facilitate theestablishment of adequate consultation mechanisms.”
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The aftermath witnessed theenactment of the Local Government Code which enshrines mandatory publicconsultation on projects affecting communities, including those with potentialexternalities deleterious to the environment. It declares as a State policy therequirement for “all national agencies and offices to conduct periodic consultations withappropriate local government units, non−governmental and people's organizations, andother concerned sectors of the community before any project or program isimplemented in their respective jurisdictions.”
4
Specifically, the law provides:
SECTION 26.Duty of National Government Agencies in the Maintenanceof Ecological Balance. – It shall be the duty of every national agency or government−owned or −controlled corporation authorizing or involved inthe planning and implementation of any project or program that may cause pollution, climatic change, depletion of non−renewable resources,loss of crop land, rangeland, or forest cover, and extinction of animal or  plant species, to consult with the local government units,nongovernmental organizations, and other sectors concerned and explainthe goals and objectives of project or program, its impact upon the peopleand the community in terms of environmental or ecological balance, and the measures that will be undertaken to prevent or minimize the adverseeffects thereof.
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Sec. 16, Art. II, Philippine Constitution
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Art. 4 (f)
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Sec. 16, Art. XIII
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Sec. 2 (c), Declaration of Policy
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