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The Law and Our Responsibility to the Environment

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“Law is the highest reason implanted in Nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite.”-  Marcos Tullius Cicero

“Law is the highest reason implanted in Nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite.”- Marcos Tullius Cicero The words of former Justice Reynato S. Puno, in his message at the Judges’ Forum on Environmental Protection: Philippine Environmental Law, Practice, and the Role of Courts, viz: “Nothing less than the survival of the human species hangs on this delicate balance. Section 4, Article XII of 1987 Constitution, thus, enjoins the State to protect our endangered forest and watershed areas, while Section 7, Article XIII calls upon the State to protect, develop, and conserve communal marine and fishing resources. In pushing the frontiers of industrialization, the State is cautioned to make “full and efficient use of human and natural resources” (Section 1, Article XII). “Several principles in the Declaration undoubtedly are th…