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Oppose reclamation. Fishermen and environmentalists protested on January 19 at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City to reiterate their demand to stop reclamation projects in the country. It was timed with the 5th anniversary of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

Free Mary Jane Veloso. Mary Jane Veloso’s relatives and supporters protested in Mendiola, Manila on January 10 to demand the Marcos regime to ask Indonesia to release Veloso after nearly 14 years of imprisonment. Veloso has been imprisoned in Indonesia since 2010 when she became a victim of human and drug trafficking. The picket coincided with Veloso’s birthday and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to the Philippines.

Mass layoff of Filipino migrant workers in New Zealand, resisted. Workers gathered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand on January 19 to demand ELE and the Philippine government to immediately give them their unpaid wages and the aid they deserve. More than 1,000 workers, including 495 Filipino workers, lost their jobs when ELE Holdings Ltd in New Zealand declared bankruptcy four days before Christmas in December 2023. ELE Holdings is a group of five companies that include a large manpower agency that employs temporary migrant workers.

Stop mining in Homonhon and Manicani. Residents of Eastern Samar, led by the Save Homonhon Movement, mounted another protest rally last January 20 in Guiuan town to demand a stop to destructive mining in the islands of Homonhon and Manicani. Religious groups and parishes of the Catholic church in the province participated.