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Environmental activist killed in Mindanao

May 11, 2012

An environmental activist was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman in the province of Bukidnon on Wednesday, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment. Margarito Cabal was a leader of Task Force Save Pulangi, which has campaigned against the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Pulangi River, Kalikasan said in a statement on Friday. Environmental activists have said the construction of the dam would threaten the integrity of the ecosystem and displace indigenous communities along the river. "We strongly condemn the killing of Cabal, an environmental activist who consistently fought for the rights of the community over their water resources," said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator for Kalikasan. Bautista said Cabal is the 13th environmentalist killed in the Philippines in the past two years.
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