SC stands pat on TRO vs environmental violations
MANILA, Philippines – The government’s efforts to protect the country’s environment and natural resources got a boost after the Supreme Court enjoined all judges to strictly observe laws prohibiting the issuance of injunctions against violators of environmental laws.
The Supreme Court, through its Office of the Court Administrator, issued circular 87-2016 to reiterate the rules of procedure for cases involving enforcement or violations of environmental and other related laws which include the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
It cited Sec. 10 of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases, which says only the Supreme Court can issue a temporary restraining order or writ of preliminary injunction against unlawful actions of government agencies that enforce environmental laws.
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