An international environmental group has said that the Philippines is the most dangerous place in Asia for defenders of ecology and land rights.
More than 114 of the total 270 defenders of land and environment, who were murdered between 2012 and 2020, were indigenous leaders trying to protect their way of life and lands. Most of the murders and land grabbing have been done in Mindanao.
The research was undertaken by Global Witness, an environmental NGO based in the United Kingdom. Its researchers found that most of the murders were because of “protests by defenders against company operations.”