Eulalia Santonia, 40
Eulalia is an amputee who used to buy cans recycled from the Subic Naval Base dumpsite, and sell them after cleaning and painting over them. These cans were believed to have contained toxic waste materials. Subic, the largest naval base outside the U.S. was a key military facility for the American intervention in Asia and the Middle East. It was an extremely strategic base of operations during the Japanese-American War, Korean War, Vietnam War and Cold War.
The Philippine government, in its effort to attract tourism and foreign investors to compensate for the thousands of jobs lost when the Americans left in 1992, has downplayed the environmental and health effects caused by contaminants in the bases. The former naval base is now the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority where a number of resorts and international companies are based.