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20 Feb 2017

AFP, Rappler (Philippines)

Philippines: Killing of lawyer Mia Mascariñas-Green brings to 112 the number of environmental campaigners murdered in the country in the last 15 years

“Environmental lawyer murdered in Philippines – police”, 17 Feb 2017

A Philippine lawyer who specialized in investigating crimes against the environment has been ambushed and shot dead, police said Friday, February 17.

The murder…of Mia Manuelita Mascarinas-Green deepened concerns that the Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places for environmental campaigners, with more than 100 killed over the past 15 years.

Four motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire after surrounding a van being driven by Mascarinas-Green -- with her children and nanny in the vehicle -- near her home on the central island of Bohol…

"…Investigators are checking whether the attack had any link to the cases she had handled in relation to environmental issues," [police spokesman Senior Inspector] Abella told the Agence France-Presse…

Her death brings to 112 the number of environmental campaigners murdered in the Philippines over the past 15 years, according to Filipino environment monitor Kalikasan.

This includes 12 since President Rodrigo Duterte took office 7 months ago…

Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Yeb Sano also said the killing highlighted the culture of impunity in the Philippines, where powerful figures abuse a corrupt political and justice system to literally get away with murder…