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23 Feb 2018

Tina Ganzon Ozaeta, The Manila Times

Philippines: Greenpeace activists unfurl banner at Shell refinery as reminder to attend hearings on the responsibility of "carbon majors" for climate-related human rights harms

"Greenpeace activists invade Shell's wharf," 23 February 2018

Activists from Greenpeace Southeast Asia–Philippines climbed the jetty at Shell’s refinery in Tabangao, Batangas... and unfurled a banner reading “People and Planet not Profit,” as a... reminder to the oil company to attend hearings on the responsibility of big fossil fuel firms for climate-related human rights harms. In a letter they delivered to the firm’s management the activists demanded that Shell to own up to its responsibility for contributions to the climate crisis... [A]ll parties were given notice on the public hearing scheduled March 27 and 28.

... Shell’s Media Manager Cesar Abaricia confirmed that Greenpeace representatives visited the Shell Makati office and its other members had illegally occupied Jetty 2 of their Tabangao Refinery in Batangas. He, however, said the demonstrators left both premises without incident. “Shell fully acknowledges the right of Greenpeace and others to express their point of view. We only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others, including our staff, our partners’ personnel and customers, in mind,” Abaricia added.

... The investigation was triggered by a petition filed before the commission in 2015 by representatives of communities across the Philippines, one of the countries most at risk from the impacts of climate change. The group includes fisherfolk from Alabat, communities living in the shadow of the Bataan coal power plant, survivors of super-typhoons such as Yolanda, and civil society groups, including Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines. [also refers to BHP Billiton, BP, ConocoPhillips, ENI, ExxonMobil, Glencore, OMV, Repsol, RWE, Sasol, Suncor & Total]