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A Toxics-Free Future

Groups ask authorities to dismiss frivolous charges lodged against prominent Philippines and international health expert and toxicologist

Rejecting the malicious complaints filed in Manila to pester Dr. Romeo Quijano, a doctor, scientist and internationally recognized health expert, over 100 groups from 47 countries signed a joint appeal initiated by IPEN and Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) asking the government of the Philippines to dismiss the dubious complaints and halt the harassment against Dr. Quijano, who is also a former co-chair of IPEN.

Dr. Quijano's work has been noted and recognized by numerous institutions. In 2005, Dr. Quijano received the prestigious Jennifer Altman Foundation Award, which honors the pursuit of science in the public interest. In 2009, the University of Philippines Medical Alumni Society awarded Dr. Quijano its Outstanding Community Service Award. Between 1998 and 2007, Dr. Quiano served as NGO representative to the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), receiving its Special Recognition Award in 2003 on behalf of IPEN, for which he served as co-chair.

Read the appeal here

A press release about the harassment of Dr. Quijano and the resulting appeal was also released and can be read here