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While the Philippines has a healthy number of legislations that target climate change, these are weakly implemented, lawmakers said on Saturday.

Read more: Lawmakers: Implementation of PHL climate change laws weak

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FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Several individuals and environmental groups bring their anti-coal struggle to the Supreme Court. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Several environmental groups and individuals on Friday, June 30, filed a case with the Supreme Court (SC) against the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for neglecting their duties as "vanguards of energy security and environmental sustainability."

This is the "first ever case on coal" in the Supreme Court against the two government agencies, according to the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), one of the petitioners in the case.

The PMCJ, together with other individuals and groups, filed a 65-page petition for continuing mandamus, with application for a temporary environmental protection order.

Read more: Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

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Senator Loren Legarda is looking forward to stronger cooperation between the Philippines and France to mitigate the effect of climate change and expand areas of development as the two nations commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations.

Legarda, who chairs the Senate committees on foreign relations, finance, and climate change, cited the importance of Philippine’s partnership with France which has substantially complemented the nation’s efforts in addressing current global challenges.

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Legarda, a founding member of the Philippines-France Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association, said that in recent years, the two nations have forged a stronger partnership.

Read more: Legarda looks forward to stronger PH-France ties on climate change

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