Calida: Parties agreed to drop kalikasan suit

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday divulged that parties in a writ of kalikasan petition to compel the government to protect the West Philippine Sea have agreed to drop the suit.

This was after the petitioner-fishermen, according to Calida, have disowned the case prepared for them by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Calida submitted to the Supreme Court affidavits of the fishermen claiming that they have nothing to do with the petition.

“Wala kaming alam dito at hindi namin suportado ang inihaing petisyon,” Calida said, quoting an affidavit from one of the fishermen, during oral arguments.

“These statements show deception, your honors. As for petitioner IBP, they did not even allege what capacity it is suing. Or what injury it has sustained,” he added.

The petition sought the issuance of a writ of kalikasan asking the government to preserve, restore, and rehabilitate Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef amid the dispute with China.

They noted the marine features have been heavily damaged due to China’s supposed artificial island building activities in the area.

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