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2 April 2024

Surface Environmental Defenders Eco Dangla III and Joxelle "Jak" Tiong

We vehemently condemn the abduction and enforced disappearance of Francisco “Eco” Dangla III and Joxelle “Jak” Tiong on the evening of March 24, 2024 in San Carlos City, Pangasinan Province, Philippines.

Eco and Jak are conveners of the Pangasinan People’s Strike for the Environment (PPSE) established in 2021. PPSE is also part of the Pangasinan Empowered Action on Care for the Environment (PEACENet) that included the Social Action Networks of Caritas in the Dioceses of Urdaneta and Alaminos, and the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. They were also active in other faith-based environmental formations such as the Pangasinan Ecumenical Fellowship and the Justice and Peace Church Ecology Ministry of the Diocese of Dagupan-Lingayen. Through these formations, they were able to work on environmental campaigns in 15 towns and 55 parishes.

Among the environmental issues that they worked on were the protection of Lingayen Gulf from black sand mining, opposition to the six nuclear plants proposed in Labrador Municipality, coal-fired power plants, and proposed waste incinerators for waste-to-energy. As part of the Environmental Defenders Congress (EDC) and the Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders (APNED), they also sought to increase protection of and accountability from attacks on environmental defenders.

Eco and Jak, who were both from Pangasinan province, were staunch advocates of upholding environmental rights and human rights in general, especially in the poor and marginalized communities of farmers and fisherfolk.

Before their disappearance, they were victims of red-tagging, or the practice of the government of naming individuals and organizations as communists or terrorists, which is often a prelude to further attacks.

Their case is the 22nd and 23rd incident of enforced disappearance under the 21-month administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

We call for the immediate release of Eco and Jak and all victims of enforced disappearances. In addition, we call to stop the attacks and for accountability for the continuing attacks on environmental defenders. In particular, we call for the Philippine government to urgently investigate the abduction of Eco and Jak and ensure that they are released safely.


(Updated as of March 27, 10:10AM PST)

257 Philippine and International Organizations (123 local, 134 international)

416 Individuals (301 local, 115 international)




Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Inc.

Environmental Defenders Congress

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment


Youth Strike for Climate Philippines

Negrosanon Initiative for Climate and the Environment

KASAMMA-KO – alliance of overseas Filipino organizations in Korea

KERI: Caring for Activists

IBON Foundation

Agham Youth National

Agham Youth Mapuans

HRPEC – Human Rights and People Empowerment Center

UP College of Science Student Council


Ladlad Caraga Inc.

Jalaur River for the People’s Movement


Samahang Migrante

Kalikasan – Timog Katagalugan

GABRIELA Youth – Cavite State University

Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines

Kabataan Partylist – Dasmariñas

College Editors Guild of the Philippines

Kabataan Partylist – Antipolo

Kabataan Partylist Rizal

UP Manila College of Public Health Student Council

Saribuhay UP Diliman


Women in Development Foundation

SANDUGO – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination


Diocese of Paranaque

Aksyon sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima AKKMA

Commission in Ecology – Diocese of Antipolo

Panaghiusa Philippine Network to Uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Tayo Kabataan

Bai Indigenous Women’s Network

Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI)

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

Gabriela Youth Southern Tagalog

Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap

BAN Toxics

Caritas Philippines

The Klima Center of Manila Observatory

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC)

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology

Student Christian Movement of the Philippines

AKAP KA Manila Bay

Save Sual Movement

Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG)

Kabataan Partylist Pasay

Assert Socio-economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) Pilipinas

League of Filipino Students – UP Diliman

Philippine Normal University-Luntian (PNU-LUNTIAN)

UP Pi Sigma Fraternity


Church People – Workers Solidarity

Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women

Rural Women Advocates

Inklusibo – Philippine Resource Center for Inclusive Development

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend)

Church People – Workers Solidarity (CWS)

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)

Kadamay Malabon at Navotas

Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND)

Moro-Christian Peoples Alliance

Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance

Philippine Movement for Climate Justice

Religious Discernment Group (RDG)

Taripnong Cagayan Valley

STAND UP CSWCD (STAND UP College of Social Work and Community Development)

Freedom from Debt Coalition


Ilog Pasiglahin

AGHAM Advocates of Science and Technology for the People

Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP)

Tanggol Magsasaka

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)

LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)

Commission on Service to Human Promotion

Medical Mission Sisters

College of Arts and Sciences – UP Manila

Pangasinan People’s Council / Urdaneta City People’s Council

Agham Youth PUP

National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers – Cebu

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

Panalipdan Youth Davao

Cordillera Peoples Alliance

Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

Anakbayan Kalinga


TAKDER (Cordillera Youth Movement for Democracy and Prosperity)

Protect Sierra Madre for the People (PSM)


Diocese of Antipolo Social Action Center

Alay Sining

Alay Sining KAL

Anakbayan Metro-Baguio

Anakbayan UST

Panday Sining CSB


APIT TAKO (Alliance of Peasants in the Cordillera)

Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Konsyumer para sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan (SUKI)

Bahaghari Metro Manila

Living Laudato Si’ Philippines

Bayan Muna Partylist

The Pitak Project

Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE)

Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP)


Alliance of Concerned Teachers Region 1 Union

Water for the People Network

Justice and Peace Advocates of Kalinga (JPAK)

Timpuyog dagiti Mannalon ti Kalinga

Zero Waste Baguio Incorporated

Zambales Ecological Network Inc

People’s Choice Movement

La Union Peace and Justice Advocates


Integral Ecology Ministry


Others requested to not be named


Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders

Anakbayan Melbourne

Inisiasi Masyarakat Adat (IMA)

Sukaar Welfare Organization

National Indigenous Women Forum

Australian Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ACHRP)

WALHI Central Kalimantan

Philippines Australia Union Link

Pinatud a Saleng ti Umili Hong kong

Cordillera Alliance Hong Kong

JPIC CICM-Philippines (Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation-Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae – Philippines)

Dawei Probono Lawyer Network


Oceana Philippines International

Front Line Defenders

WALHI South Sulawesi

JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France(JMBF)

Manipur International Youth Centre

Feminista Revolucionária(FERA)

Palangkaraya Ecological and Human Rights Studies (PROGRESS)

Serikat Perempuan Indonesia (SERUNI)

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines -UK

Zambia Social Forum

Association For Promotion Sustainable Development

Uplift Organization Inc.

Water Justice and Gender

Friends of the Earth US

Texas Campaign for the Environment

Deep Green Resistance

Health Care Without Harm SE Asia

Centre for Human Rights and Development

Friends of the Earth Japan

International Association of People’s Lawyers

Alliance for Future Generations – Fiji

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

The Story of Stuff Project


ECOTON Foundation

Consumers’ Association of Penang

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth Malaysia)


Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Aliansi Zero Waste Indonesia

National Forum for Advocacy Nepal (NAFAN)

Ogoni Solidarity Forum-Nigeria

Mae Nam Khone Institute

Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC)

Indian Social Action Forum


NGO Forum on ADB

Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network

Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine


IBON Africa

Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria)

Basel Action Network

Bangladesh Krishok Federation

WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia


Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)

Nexus3 Foundation

Front commun pour la protection de l’environnement et des espèces protégés

KOTHOWAIN (Vulnerable Peoples Development Organization) Bandarban Hill Tract, BANGLADESH

Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)

Friends of the Earth Australia

Climate Rights International

IBON International

Columban Missionaries

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions

Malaya Canada

Manushya Foundation

Geneva Forum for Philippine Concerns

Zero Waste Society

International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)

Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network

Focus on the Global South

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)

Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Anakbayan Ottawa

National Campaign for Sustainable Development Nepal

Human Rights Defenders(HRD)

MiningWatch Canada

Asociación Ecológica Santo Tomás, A.C.

FASE – Espírito Santo (Brazil)

Campanha Antipetroleira Nem Um Poço a Mais! (Brazil)


Oilwatch International

Rainforest Rescue – Switzerland

Gabriela Aotearoa

Filguys Gabriela Hongkong

Fenceline Watch (US)

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Anglican Justice and Peace Unit

Milk Tea Alliance Thailand

Global Witness

Revolutionaire Eenheid

Maya Solidarity

Creatively United for the Planet Society

ICHRP-Canada (International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Canada Chapter)


WECF International – Women Engage for a Common Future

Migrante Ottawa

Anakbayan Montreal

ICCDI Africa (International Climate Change Development Initiative Africa)

Soil of Cultures

Plastic Free Future

FracTracker Alliance

Gabriela Aotearoa New Zealand

Peace Movement Aotearoa

Khadija Leadership Network

Earth Thrive

7th Generation Advisors

International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Anakbayan Aotearoa

Zero Waste Ithaca

Inland Ocean Coalition

PODER (Project on Organization, Development, Education and Research)

MARBE SA (Costa Rica)

Save our Susquehanna PA

South Coast Neighbors United

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Filguys Gabriela Hongkong

Broward Clean Air / Compost For Life

Others requested to not be named