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Friends of the Earth U.S. Stands in Solidarity with Filipina Activist Jean Marie Ferrais
WASHINGTON - November 9 - Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in response to allegations about an environmental activist from the Philippines that endanger her safety:
“Friends of the Earth U.S. is outraged by recent allegations against Filipina environmental activist Jean Marie Ferrais, team leader of the Davao Regional Office of Legal Rights and National Resources Center/ Friends of the Earth Philippines.
“Retired police director Rodolfo ‘Boogie’ Mendoza has falsely accused Jean Marie Ferrais of being ‘head of the international financial cell’ of the Communist Party of the Philippines in Indonesia, which has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States government.
“Friends of the Earth U.S. stands in solidarity with Jean Marie Ferrais and believes the allegations against her to be irresponsible, and to endanger her safety. Furthermore, it’s troubling that members of the Filipino police are equating anti-coal and anti-mining activities with terrorism. Friends of the Earth calls for immediate measures to ensure the safety of Jean Marie Ferrais and for Filipino military and government authorities to respect legitimate advocacy by civil society members.”