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For the win again! Calida gets IBP to drop writ of kalikasan petition

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Solicitor General Jose Calida has secured a win after having forced the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to withdraw from the Supreme Court (SC) the petition asking for a writ of kalikasan.

“With due regard to the plight and position of the fishermen petitioners, the views and recommendations of the handling lawyers and the IBP Chapters involved, and the matters raised and guidance by the Honorable Supreme Court, a motion has been filed for the withdrawal or discharge of the counsels for the fishermen and for the withdrawal of the petition,” read a statement from IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa.

The petition sought for a writ of kalikasan which would compel the government to protect Ayungin Shoal, Panganiban Reef, and Panatag Shoal from environmental degradation cause by Chinese intruders.

The petition was jointly filed by the IBP, losing senatorial candidate Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, and a group of fishermen from Palawan and Zambales.

However, Solicitor General Jose Calida told the SC 19 of fishermen have signed affidavits saying they have nothing to do with the petition and are withdrawing from it.

Because of this, the IBP has decided to confer with the fishermen before taking anymore steps concerning the petition.

“Considering the new allegations by the Office of the Sollicitor General, the handling lawyers will request the Supreme Court for time to confer with fishermen in Zambales in Palawan so that they can more appropriately act on the developments of the case,” Cayosa previously stated.

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