The Green Vote 2016 scores presidentiables based on the track records and plans of action on environment protection, in which Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago gets high grades and administration bet Mar Roxas scored zero.
Environmental activists launched a drive to help determine how candidates for president fare when it comes to environmental policy.
The national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) Clemente Bautista said Santiago proved to be the "greenest" followed by Sen. Poe, Davao Mayor Duterte“greenest” candidate followed by Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The only one who got a failing mark was former Department of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas.
“We note how Sen. Santiago rallied her fellow senators against the unconstitutionality of the EDCA. She is also the lone bet who worked on GMO regulations, and passed numerous Senate bills and resolutions to address climate change impacts and investigate the killings of environmentalists,” said Gil Catalan of youth environmental group UP Saribuhay, a part of Green Vote 2016.
Criteria in scoring are environmental platform and track records regarding large-scale mining, coal power, killings of environmentalists, genetically modified organisms (GMO), climate change and disasters, and the Phl-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
For Poe the group looked at her suggestion to shift from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy while Duterte's stance in large-scale mining through a prohibition order in Davao City, which is a lone initiative among his rivals, was also considered.
Meanwhile they gave failing mark to Roxas and Binay for being pro-mining.
Bautista said about Roxas who failed in all environment concerns, “During his stint as the secretary of DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government)... Roxas demonstrated a negative record of pursuing environmentally destructive policies and programs of the Aquino administration,” Bautista said.
Frances Quimpo, executive director of the Center for Environmental Concerns Philippines also substantiated, “Roxas and the Aquino administration failed to prepare and respond to the increasing number and severity of typhoon disasters like Yolanda and Pablo. Even at the last moment, Roxas demonstrated his criminal neglect of disaster victims by being the lone candidate who did not condemn the violent dispersal and shooting inflicted by police on El Niño-affected farmers in Kidapawan.”
The Green Vote campaign was initiated by the AGHAM – Advocates of Science & Technology for the People, AGHAM Youth, Ban Toxics, Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines, Defend Ilocos, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, Kalikasan PNE, Kalikasan Youth, Katribu, Kilusang Mayo Uno, PoliSEA, Protect Sierra Madre, Religious of the Good Shepherd – JPIC, Save Freedom Island Movement, UP Saribuhay, and 350.org Pilipina.