The weather today is fairer than yesterday and what’s good about it is that its not so hot as it was yesterday just before it rained. We had a lot of visitors today, that’s why we spent most of our day taking photos of people in a project that we have fondly called: “Read my lips: QUIT COAL!” Basically the idea is that we are taking photographs of people sporting a drawing of an open mouth with the text, ‘quit coal’ over their lips, basically just so that we could print it later and deliver it to the government just so that they’ll realize that its not just Greenpeace and some civil society groups who are against the proposed coal plant, but the common folks from varying classes and professions.

This project was initiated back when the Rainbow Warrior was still in Manila for an open boat, and what we did was we brought along a computer mounted with a web cam and took photographs of people holding the banner at portside, we already have more than a hundred pictures from local folks students, professionals, religious laity, a couple of police officers and even the Archbishop of Iloilo, Angel Lagdameo, who visited our camp right before sunset, he was more than gracious in accommodating us with the camp site and he just dropped by to show his solidarity with the volunteers from various groups that have set camp.

Hopefully the people pushing for the plant will read our lips loud and clear and decide to no longer push for the coal plant build.

X.S. You can also be part of this photo project just download the banner on this link and snap a shot of yourself holding the banner and submit it in this form, or if you’re on Flickr you could join our group in this link.

Chuck Baclagon