Greenpeace condemns any toxic dumping, whether on land or at sea.
It deplores the toxic dumping of sewage and bilge water in the waters of Subic Bay.
Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner Vince Cinches said:
“This deliberate dumping of toxic substances is an additional assault to the already sorry situation of our marine ecosystem and may further affect the lives of people dependent on our seas.
“It is also a complete disregard of existing international marine conservation treaties that the Philippines is a part of, specifically the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter 1972, also known as the London Convention.
“Unfortunately, this is another example of how the lax implementation of environmental laws is destroying our natural resources.
“A thorough investigation is necessary to find out who is accountable for this environmental crime.
“Ocean pollution cannot be contained. Subic and Zambales are known coastal tourist centers and fishing grounds. Protecting the waters here from toxic pollution means safeguarding the livelihood and health of the people in these coastal communities.”
Greenpeace urges for the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to disclose the full results of the tests it conducted and the government to hold accountable those responsible for this violation.
For more information
Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner, +63917- 5363754,
Therese Salvador, Media Campaigner, +63917-8228734,