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HRD Attack

1 Jul 2016

Gloria Capitan

Incident date
1 Jul 2016
Date accuracy
All Correct
Environmental concerns group
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Philippines
Petron Philippines Oil, gas & coal
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Philippines Agriculture/food/beverage/tobacco/fishing: General, Mining, Diversified/Conglomerates


Murder of Philippine anti-coal campaigner: Gloria Capitan was one of the leaders of the Coal-Free Bataan Movement and the President of United Citizens of Lucanin Association , a community-based organisation that has been peacefully opposing the operation and expansion of coal plants and open storage facilities in the Mariveles neighbourhood which have had harmful consequences for the local population. As a part of her human rights work, Gloria Capitan organised campaigns, filed complaints with the court, collected signatures for petitions and initiated other public actions, calling for a permanent closure of a coal project undertaken in the region. On 1 July 2016, human rights defender Ms Gloria Capitan was shot dead by two unidentified men in Lucanin village, Mariveles municipality, Bataan province. Since the start of her work opposing a coal mining and storage project in 2015, Gloria Capitan had faced intimidation and threats, allegedly from representatives of the companies owning the coal facilities.