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Cardinal Tagle supports protest vs Aurora project

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. AP FILE PHOTO

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a dialogue with peasants on an 18-day march to Malacañang to protest a rising economic zone in Aurora, on Monday called for an “examination of conscience” to determine if Sen. Edgardo Angara’s vision of development would benefit the impoverished region.

Tagle said that in a recent meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the prelates were shown a video of the project in the coastal town of Casiguran and vowed to help bring the peasants’ concerns to the attention of President Aquino and the nation at large.

The newly installed cardinal met with 120 representatives of 2,983 families of farmers, fishermen and indigenous people opposing the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco) being pushed by the senator and his son, Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, a senatorial candidate for the ruling Liberal Party in next year’s elections.

“I hope the voice of the residents of Casiguran paves the way for an examination of conscience. We cling to models of progress which do not suit us and will not give us development,” Tagle said, particularly referring to Apeco.

“The bishops were moved,” he said of the video shown in the CBCP meeting. “We agreed that we will do everything we can to try to help your concerns, to not only make President Aquino but all Filipinos know.”

“On my own, I will try to help. This is an act of love, an act of peace and not of violence. This is an act of love for the family, for the land, for the sea and for nature’s treasures. I hope the whole country will listen,” Tagle said.

But he lamented, “The voice of love is not always heeded.” As the peasants fell silent, he sought to encourage them to continue their struggle. “You are not alone, we are many,” he said.

The cardinal thanked the marchers for their sacrifice that, he said, could trigger soul-searching among Filipinos  seeking to ease the lives of the poor that sometimes do more harm than good.

The peasants set out from Casiguran on Nov.  24 to dramatize their opposition to the 12,923-hectare special economic zone  being built in their hometown at the edge of the Pacific.

Officials to meet marchers

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters  Monday he could not say if Mr. Aquino would be able to see the protesters when they march on the Palace Tuesday but he said some officials would meet with them.

He also said the President had ordered Cabinet officials to craft options addressing their concerns.

“They have studied the matter and they will be discussing some options which take into consideration the farmers’ welfare. So these options will be presented to the President,” Lacierda said.

He said those handling the Apeco issue were Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Secretary Julia Abad of the Presidential Management Staff, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, Strategic Communication Secretary Ricky Carandang and officials of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

The protesters claimed that Apeco was seizing large areas of agricultural lands from farmers, intruded into ancestral lands of the indigenous Agtas, and displaced 28 families in the construction of a 1.5-meter airstrip. They said that hundreds of other families of fishermen would have to been driven away for the construction of a seaport.

Apeco was also accused of violating environmental laws when it cleared 10 ha of mangroves, which have been protected by the fishermen for their livelihood.

Also affected by the developments undertaken by the Apeco were farmers from Sitio  (sub-village) Reserva in Barangay (village) Esteves and the San Ildefonso Peninsula.

‘Malicious and vicious’

Apeco was created through Republic Act No. 9490 in 2007 and begun the following year. The law was amended through RA 10083, again sponsored by Senator Angara and his son in the House. It was not vetoed by President Aquino and lapsed into law in 2010.

The protest marchers sought a review and possible repeal of the law creating Apeco, as well as the provision of settlement areas for displaced fisherfolk families. They also called on the agrarian reform department to distribute 105 ha of agricultural land to the farmers of Sitio Reserva in Barangay Esteves and end their 50-year struggle for land ownership.

“The entire law should be repealed because it violates the Local Government Code for not consulting the local government,” Fr. Joefran Talaban, parish priest of Casiguran marching with the protesters, said in a text message.

In a privilege speech on Nov. 28, Senator Angara dismissed the charges against Apeco as “malicious and vicious.”

He said “land acquisition has always followed a regular pattern of negotiation and purchase.”

“Even now, Apeco is valuable as an alternate passageway for Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela. And as the only airport and seaport complex in the Pacific Rim in the Philippines, Apeco will be the most strategic site, given its waters are at an average of 24-m deep and is protected from the elements by the San Ildefonso Peninsula. It will become an important shipping hub on the Pacific Side,” he said.


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  • WAJ

    This project may benefit the economic livelihood of the unemployed livelihood of the people in the area. Let the lawmakers in the country do their job…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UXEJMOMDNFK6U3MLNGBVFTSEYQ elizabeth

    The most critical issue here is on the technical side, i.e. whether the project on the long term  can withstand the havoc that nature can bring about in this area. Why there have been no similar projects there before is not because of lack of political leadership but because of technical limitations. Hence let us first and foremost allow the scientists and technologists to speak the truth. Of course the social issues, like ancestral lands and the lot of small fishermen are equally important and for which Angara is not especially sensitive about. His roles at UP and at the Agriculture Department will speak volumes in this regard. The Angaras are political strategists and survivors (since the elder Angara’s betrayal of Marcos) at the expense of the poor residents who are now crying to the high heavens for intervention. We cannot allow political dynasties to have their own ways by hook and by crook. This episode I hope will create the trend and roadway toward the end of dynasties that are doing more harm than good for the country and for which  Filipinos here and abroad should support. It will be a further test for Pinoy to go on straight toward peace and prosperity.

    • EdgarEdgar

      You’re right. With freakstorms becoming the new normal, all the more reason to revisit and reexamine previous assumptions of the APECO plan. The Angarapals Inc. should no be allowed to get away with this atrocity against our fellow Filipinos. This is nothing short of crime against humanity. From ivory towers to land grabbing and killing fields, the Angarapals have it all figured out.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EGVKX2UAIMMREEGCJPOX3MFHQA Paul US

        Freak storms are only the new normal in the media.

      • EdgarEdgar

        If you say so.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EGVKX2UAIMMREEGCJPOX3MFHQA Paul US

        Clever reply. Please tell me how many category 4 and 5 storms happened before this supposed climate change?

    • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

      So you were for Marcos during the time of Martial Law, then? I’m sorry, but I remember clearly how the entire Philippines betrayed Marcos then and there. Because if I remember it correctly, he was a dictator, right? 

      I’m appealing to reason to get the facts straight. This is a trial by publicity. Just because a group of farmers from one area marched to Malacañang for a number of days, does not put them in the right. 

  • simondj

    this is not your job Cardinal, please stay to your job. me too i am against the project but i am not in favor of the church going into the issue.

    • julymorning

      ANO AKALA MO SA SIMBAHAN, HANGANG MISA LANG? PANAHON PA NG VATICAN 1 PAG IISIP MO NA ANG SIMBAHAN AY DAPAT SA SIMBAHAN LANG. PASALAMAT KA NGA AT MAY TOTOONG NAGMAMALASAKIT SA MGA MAHIHIRAP

      • simondj

        si Kristo po, hindi naki alam sa mga pagawain pambayan. pati ang mga apostoles niya. hindi po sila naki alam sa mga gawain ng gobyerno ng Romano.

      • julymorning

        ANONG BIBLIYA BINABASA MO? DI BA PINAGTANGOL NI JESUS ANG MGA INAAPI NG MGA PARISIYO AT ESCRIBA? SA KATUNAYAN NGA, NAGALIT PA SYA SA TEMPLO KASI GINAWANG PALENGKE NG MGA TAO. NAKIALAM SI KRISTO SA MGA NAGYAYARING INHUSTISYA SA PANAHON NYA, KAYA DAPAT LANG NA MAKIALAM DIN ANG MGA TAGASUNOD NYA, HINDI LANG MGA OBISPO AT PARI, KUNDI LAHAT NG KRISTYANONG NABINYAGAN.

      • simondj

        sa bahay sambahan po nangyari iyon, tinaob niya mga lamesa ng mga money changers at mga nag bebenta mg mga hayop

        at ang nagpatayo po ng bahay sambahan ay mga Isralite, galing sa mga offerings ng mga tao, at hindi sa gobyerno ng Romano.

      • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

        Hindi lahat ng inaapi, ipinagtatanggol ni Kristo. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TFPD2W3DZIYFBU2TJF5QLKLUWA Pedro

        ang mga apostoles at si hesus tinulungan nila ang mga mahihirap, mga outcast kahit pa ang mga nasa poder ng kapangyarihan nuon ay nagalit na sa kanya… anong sinasabi mong hindi nakikialam? what is faith without action? hindi ba dapat ang simbahan ang maunang magpakita ng tulong sa mga naapi? kung nagmamalupit ang gobyerno, hindi ba dapat makialam? basahin mo ang bibliya bago mo sabihing hindi nakialam si Hesus… at bakit namna hindi tutulong si cardinal tagle, e citizen din siya ng pilipinas… wala ba siyang karapatan? lahat ng pilipino may karapatang makialam sa gobyerno, kasi we elect them.

      • simondj

        tumulong po sila sa mahihirap, no doubt, pero anong tulong? nagpagaling ng mga sakit, nangaral at nagpakain. pero hindi sila tumulong lumaban sa mga palatuntunan ng gobyerno ng romano. ang nilabanan ni Kristo ay ang maling turo ng mga pareseo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TFPD2W3DZIYFBU2TJF5QLKLUWA Pedro

        hindi mo ba alam, na ang simbahang katoliko ang isa sa mga pinakamaraming charitable institutions, hindi lang nakikilala kasi di naman yan inaadvertise ito… anong hindi lumaban? the sanherdin and phariesees before were the effective rulers together with the roman puppets with the like of herods there, yun ang nilalabanan ni Hesus ang mga kalabisan nila… ano sabi niya? “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” Anong hindi nakikialam? magbasa ka nga ng history…

        Nilalabanan ba ni cardinal tagle ang gobyerno? ang sabi dun, tinulungan niya ang mga mahihirap na taga aurora na nagprotesta… di ba ganun ginawa ni Kristo at mga apostoles? Ano, magpakabingi ka lang ang simbahan sa mga nagyayari sa kanyang members? If you are not a catholic, one main role of the church is its prophetic role, which is to guide and help the people.

      • simondj

        noon po, ang Israel ay under sa Roman occupation, sa pamumuno ng isang Roman general. ang mga pareseo naman po ay namumuno lang sa simbahan, magkaiba po iyan. ang nilabanan po ni Kristo ay iyong mga maling turo ng simbahan. ngayon kung may sabuwatan ang pareseo at ang romano lihim po iyon, at hindi rin pinakialaman ni Kristo ano man iyon, si Kristo sumunod sa anumang hatol ng gobyernong Romano sa kanya, ang mga pareseo ang nag akusa, Roman government ang humatol,,, oo, at si Kristo ay sumunod hanggang kamatayan, kamatayan sa krus. noong napagtagumpayan niya ang kamatayan, ginawa naman siya ng Diyos na may akda ng buhay na walang hanggan 

      • romeyo chill

        Then what should people do? Huwag makialam sa gawain ng gobyerno, at magsamba lang? Mas mali naman yata poo iyon, di po ba?

      • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

        Well, the bible does say that we should respect authority because it is God who assigned them. 

      • romeyo chill

        Respecting authority is not tantamount to being insensitiove with injustice.

      • Joe Umali

        Respecting? Maybe.  But allowing or condoning wrong doings by your government is another thing no matter what religion you believe in.

      • simondj

        huwag iboto iyong may paltaporma niyan, simple lang po.

      • Tom De Lima

        you are wrong here. the pharisees were a lay movement.

      • simondj

        so, what is your point?

    • gmaisthebestpresident

      I beg to disagree with your comment sir. the peasants NEED the cardinal here as they are against VERY POWERFUL politicians.

      • simondj

        hindi nga trabaho ng cardinal iyan. trabaho po ng cardinal bilang alagad ng Diyos ipangaral ang salita ng Diyos. kung powerful naman, DIYOS po ang pinaka powerful

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        bo bo ka!

        hindi mo ba nakita ang salitang, “support”… ibig sabihin nito, sumusuporta ang CBCP sa ginagawa ng mga marchers, di ibig sabihin nito nakikialam sila….

        eto tingnan mo mabuti ang nakasulat, TAN GA!

        “On my own, I will try to help. This is an act of love, an act of peace and not of violence. This is an act of love for the family, for the land, for the sea and for nature’s treasures. I hope the whole country will listen,” Tagle said.

      • simondj

        malawak po ang salitang support, but anyway, i will tell a verse wherein Jesus Christ was ask to divide the enheritance between brothers but his answer was,,, who made me an arbriter among you?
        ang church, trabaho mangaral, at hindi pumanig o maghusga sa mga desisyon ng gobyerno. hayaan natin ang mga mambabatas ang gumawa niyan. ngayon kung may hindi tayo gusto ipabatid natin ito sa ating mga pinuno, kung ayaw makinig huwag iboto.

  • EdgarEdgar

    There’s clearly a conflict of interest here. President Aquino supports APECO and pushed his allies in the senate to approve P353 million for APECO’s 2013 budget barely a fortnight ago. To be sure, President Aquino did not just wake up one fine day deciding to throw his full weight behind Senator Angara’s dream city. There was a political tit-for-tat in the form of the younger Angara serving as a spokesperson for the administration during the impeachment trial. And of course, Senator Angara’s vote to convict Corona*. Unfortunately for the Casiguran marchers who will be granted an audience with the president, they have to steel themselves for the impending disappointment. President Aquino will of course accord the visitors and guests with the usual pleasantries, with well rehearsed gestures of empathy to their plight, nodding his head as if in approval of their protest and finally politely showing the Casigurans the door without committing to do anything to stop APECO. Coming from a clan that enslaved peasant farmers and deprived them of land for 55 long years, President Aquino finds it weird to sympathize with the cause of the marginalized Casigurans and the other powerless little people who will driven out by APECO. Let us not expect too much.

    *(although Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism just a week ago unearthed many questionably understated, misdeclared and undeclared assets in Sereno’s 2011 SALN which she refuses to clarify with PCIJ).

  • John_Galt_II

    I like Cardinal Tagle even if I don’t like his religion. He is not a modern day damaso.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      well that remains to be seen.

  • arao_liwanag

    The President is like the two-faced character in Batman episode. In this case, he will pretend to help the farmers and indigenous people of Aurora, but push for the the project because he will benefit from it. Classic Double Cara. He cannot be trusted.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQODE2FO77XSRL7WNORTHGEKUU Eric

       let’s bring back cat woman gloria and penguin mike to steal again…. para happy ka! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      so true.

  • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

    I find it strange why the people are so hell-bent on insisting that this project will not work when there are no scientific proof, nor a study done to disprove it. however, im sure with the type of resistance the people have shown to the project, no other investor would dare come to aurora if ever they succeed in stopping it from pushing through. good luck with that.

    • arao_liwanag

      The country don’t need foreign investor. the country need a government of the people and for the people. The people need an honest government, Hindi Kawatan, Hindi Tikas, hindi makadayuhan at makakapitallista. To hell with the investor you are talking about, matagal na yang argumento mo. Ang Japan, ang Korea napaunlad nila ang kanilang bansa hindi sa pamamagitan ng kasisigaw ng INVESTOR, INVESTOR, INVESTOR, FOREIGN INVESTOR.

      • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

        Wait what? Are you telling me that the Philippines, in this highly globalized economy, do not need investors to survive? Are you serious? Japan and Korea invest in other countries as they build companies outside. They form relationships, and they have not closed their doors to investments from the outside world. 

        What brand of clothes are you wearing? What brand of computer are you using? What brand of cement did you use to build the house you are reading this from? 

        Aren’t those from the legwork foreign investors? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQODE2FO77XSRL7WNORTHGEKUU Eric

       nature nang tao to resist change, and even Tagle and the CBCP wants to retain the Spanish tradition.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

        enggkkk! it is man’s nature to clamor for change. only those who benefit from the status quo resist change.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      and no “scientific proof, nor a study to prove” it will work as well, smartass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    itong project na tulad nito ang kailangan ng quezon province upang umunlad. don’t be against progress. let’s move on ….

  • louie

    the bottomline is, what opportunity can they give the displaced people? we should all recognized that every opportunity for progress comes with a price. agri lands and the environment are going to be sacrificed. if the people there feel no secured opportunity, what part APECO addresses this? Sen. Angara is a very brilliant lawmaker. I am positive, he can back this up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      opportunity for progress? pfft. mga Angara lang ang kikita sa proyektong ito noh.

      • louie

        we can all suspect. but i want to believe that APECO is for the better. nonetheless, vigilance should always be in place. I commend the people who marched to malacanan to meet the president and relay their grievances.

  • andrew lim

    Good move, Chito Tagle.

    But remember, this was what happened in the Chamorros in the 1500s.  The Spanish conquistadors came, accompanied by the missionaries, and simultaneous with the “conversion to Catholicism” excuse, took control of the land and its resources. Those who resisted fell under the sword.

    Of course, one participant in the imperialism went by the name Pedro Calungsod, an assistant to Diego Luis de San Vitores. And now he is a saint.  For helping the Spaniards drive out the native Chamorros from their native land.

    • jenny lim

      First off: it was 1500’s and to compare it with the present situation, it is anachronistic.

      Second off: you are so biased with Catholic faith by putting it side by side with imperialism. 

      Third off: missionaries didn’t drive out the natives from the land.  In fact, missionaries are helping the natives to refine their culture [civilization] and to improve their means of living [livelihood].  don’t argue with opinions, read the annals of marianas islands [especially Guam] so you will know how the missionaries [actually] helped the natives.

      Fourth off: if you are not a believer of a Catholic faith, you have no license to mock our saints – that’s devilish.

      Fifth of: it’s clear as the blue sky, the effort of the bishops to help the poor and yet you still find a way to criticize the Church.  If you belong to a sect, I wonder what kind of teachings you have. 

      • ltenorio

        nice

      • andrew lim

        I refer you to my essay ” An Alternative View to Pedro Calungsod”, first published in Joe America’s blog. It is too lengthy to explain it here.

        1.  I concede with your use of the word “anachronistic”.In the APECO case, there are no foreign invaders.

        2.  The propagation of the Catholic faith went side by side with imperialism, specially in the Philippine case. You cannot separate the two – they came in tandem. One rode the other. Did they politely ask permission from the countries they invaded?  Of course not- only 2 choices were presented – obey or die.

        3. You should read the sources I cited in my essay.

        4.  That is not mocking- I am citing historical fact, and I bet you they are contained even in the resources the postulators of Calungsod’s sainthood used.

        5.  I am cognizant that in today’s teachings, the CBCP recognizes indigenous peoples and respects them, unlike in the past.

  • Jaelsimone

     

    Philippines, sweat and blood of
    the peasants.
    Laborers between landowners
    and sharecroppers, 89 million
    Fillipini have enough
    to eat and to feed a burgeoning flow of food
    exports. On paper, of course, ’cause this evaluation and’ stale origin
    by two factors. The unequal distribution of production (due to territorial factors) and the option that has
    often failed in
    many cases deprived the local
    population of land and production
    more ‘congenial to the area and more useful everyday existence. From 11.2 million Filipinos
    employed in the country, 8.5 million are without
    land of their own. This refers official refers only to
    males, but a female workforce
    of age ‘of 15 years that relies for its survival on the land turns out
    to be almost equivalent. In the
    Philippines dominates the system
    of sharecropping with 60-70% in favor of the
    owners continue to live in
    conditions of substantial exploitation.
    In copra production work is done with bare hands and with long working hours. Copra is harvested every
    three months and take part in every
    member of the family from dawn to
    dusk. For one hectare of land
    on which to grow 250
    coconut trees, the farmer or sharecropper gets
    an average of 130 weight (about
    2.3 euro) per harvest, while the owner obtains 450. For how long,
    a relatively safe compared with that of laborers. In the plantations of sugar
    cane, the worker is hired only for the time necessary and without
    insurance or health care. Compensated at the end of
    the period of work as
    intermediaries often take them for a percentage
    of the already meager salary,
    is often followed in its regular migration
    in search of a job by the whole family participates in many cases, free of charge, to its job.

    Failure
    to reform   With the “Revolution of flowers and
    beads” of February 1986, the fall of the Marcos dictatorship
    and the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the pressure of the square and sectors of the army forced the study and
    the initiation of a comprehensive
    program of agrarian
    reform . Presented as a means to redistribute equitably the lands of the estate to
    landless peasants, in fact he ended up becoming a trap for new
    smallholders, left without concrete
    means to be able to live on their
    land. To this must be added
    the “fair” compensation for owners who had given “voluntarily” as part of their lands
    were redistributed to members of the family and the repurchase of land from farmers not able to
    live from their work in the absence of
    tools financial and technical support.
    In addition, only 50% of the land
    involved in the reform project was privately owned (and of these only 4% has
    been redistributed after a
    requisition, the rest was first
    purchased by the State), and the remaining
    50% is (or was ) public property. Today, 68% of farmers do not own the
    land they work and
    only 3% had received land through
    agrarian reform.
    According to a study of the peasant
    movement Katipunang Manggagawang
    Pilipino, only in the province of Quezon, located in the vicinity of the capital, 307 landowners
    control 71,898.50 hectares of coconut plantations, with an average of 234.20 acres per person, compared to 3 acres entrusted by the
    agrarian reform to the majority of tenants or small
    farmers.

    • Jaelsimone

      Philippines, sweat and blood of the peasants.
      Laborers between landowners and sharecroppers, 89 million Fillipini have enough to eat and to feed a burgeoning flow of food exports. On paper, of course, ’cause this evaluation and’ stale origin by two factors. The unequal distribution of production (due to territorial factors) and the option that has often failed in many cases deprived the local population of land and production more ‘congenial to the area and more useful everyday existence. From 11.2 million Filipinos employed in the country, 8.5 million are without land of their own. This refers official refers only to males, but a female workforce of age ‘of 15 years that relies for its survival on the land turns out to be almost equivalent. In the Philippines dominates the system of sharecropping with 60-70% in favor of the owners continue to live in conditions of substantial exploitation.
      In copra production work is done with bare hands and with long working hours. Copra is harvested every three months and take part in every member of the family from dawn to dusk. For one hectare of land on which to grow 250 coconut trees, the farmer or sharecropper gets an average of 130 weight (about 2.3 euro) per harvest, while the owner obtains 450. For how long, a relatively safe compared with that of laborers. In the plantations of sugar cane, the worker is hired only for the time necessary and without insurance or health care. Compensated at the end of the period of work as intermediaries often take them for a percentage of the already meager salary, is often followed in its regular migration in search of a job by the whole family participates in many cases, free of charge, to its job.
      Failure to reform   With the “Revolution of flowers and beads” of February 1986, the fall of the Marcos dictatorship and the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the pressure of the square and sectors of the army forced the study and the initiation of a comprehensive program of agrarian reform . Presented as a means to redistribute equitably the lands of the estate to landless peasants, in fact he ended up becoming a trap for new smallholders, left without concrete means to be able to live on their land. To this must be added the “fair” compensation for owners who had given “voluntarily” as part of their lands were redistributed to members of the family and the repurchase of land from farmers not able to live from their work in the absence of tools financial and technical support. In addition, only 50% of the land involved in the reform project was privately owned (and of these only 4% has been redistributed after a requisition, the rest was first purchased by the State), and the remaining 50% is (or was ) public property. Today, 68% of farmers do not own the land they work and only 3% had received land through agrarian reform.
      According to a study of the peasant movement Katipunang Manggagawang Pilipino, only in the province of Quezon, located in the vicinity of the capital, 307 landowners control 71,898.50 hectares of coconut plantations, with an average of 234.20 acres per person, compared to 3 acres entrusted by the agrarian reform to the majority of tenants or small farmers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

      Dami mong sinulat pero wala kang sinabi…..!!!!

      • Jaelsimone

        If not understood the meaning of what I wrote is not my fault.
        Mr. Geertman living in the Philippines for 46 years and his organization was at the forefront in defending small farmers, fishermen and tribal populations. In this activity he fought against the establishment of the special economic zone of the Aurora Pacific (Apeco) and Porto free to Casiguran, two projects that would have a heavy impact on the lives of farmers and local fishermen.

  • jenny lim

    RH Bill – expels the unborn from a chance of being born – in the guise of helping the poor with safe and pleasurable sex by giving free condoms and pills.

    Now, they are actually expelling the poor themselves simply because these poor people hinder development for the good of all [hub of economy in Asia]. 

    See?  How this government is serving us?  The poor are meant to be expelled from this country – including their unborn.  The poor have no right to stay here. 

    I’m saying this because such kind of economic program is not only happening in Aurora, it’s actually the pattern of development programs throughout the country.  In the process of it; poor and the natives are displaced, paid cheap, threatened and deceived – all for economic development.

    And this is to help the poor Filipinos.

     

    • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

      How in the world did you make this an argument about the RH Bill? Amazing spinning skills you have there. 

      • xrisp

        You’re just so blind!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Pasensiya na kayo nagkabentahan na pala nuon pa 2010! pakitang tao na lang ang gagawin ng malakanyang diyan sa mga pobre!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    I don’t know who to believe… the Angaras or the farmers…!!! There should be an impartial and  transparent investigation regarding the allegations….!!! How many residents are for or against it..?
    Who owns the land that Apeco is going to use..etc.>?????

  • Jaelsimone

     History teaches us that the poor have always been marginalized by the powers, governments, landowners Masters, the unscrupulous speculators.
    doing cahoots with each other to speculate on people’s lives. In our day we see that has not changed anything speculators are not dead indeed have increased dramatically.
    We can see that the great works are sometimes an environmental disaster that has no use just for their own personal gain.

  • Fulpol

    there were supposedly two forces that support those Aurora farmers:

    1 Catholic Church courtesy of their social program
    2 CPP-NPA courtesy of their pro-peasant, pro-poor advocacy

    the question is: where is the CPP-NPA?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TJAA3WKCKQZWSJX2ATNY4K65GU Titan

      They’re busy extorting their revolutionary tax from the poor themselves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      the question really is: where is your brain?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    I’m a pro-RH but on this issue I will be with Cardinal Tagle and the peasants.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJJCQJW3WYFG5STFXINFSZBRRQ Alfred

    This is the issue where we need the help of CBCP. Let’s support the peasant workers at the same time help them to fight against the illegal logging activity at Aurora province. Don’t wait to be another victim of flush flood. 

  • Joe Umali

    The APECO project by Sen. Angara is another useless project thought of by somebody who expects a big payoff from its construction and operation.  How can an economic zone exist in a place that is constantly battered, year in and year out, by typhoons coming from the Pacific Ocean? No company would dare risk losing ship and cargo going there during our six months of typhoon season. Operating the port on a seasonal basis, if that is the object, is utterly stupid. What makes it even more moronic is the fact that hauling goods between Metro Manila, the center of commerce, and Casiguran through the Siera Madre mountains will be too costly and time consuming resulting only to unnecessarily raising their prices in the market.  Sen. Osmena was right in proposing to cut down the appropriated 2013 budget for this insane project. Unfortunately, his resolution was voted down by majority of the Senators who may have been promised by Angara with some personal rewards for their support for his APECO project. 

    The only recourse is to support the ongoing protest against this project as it is bound to become another white elephant as Marcos’ Bataan Nuclear Plant and GMA’s bridges to nowhere.

  • wakats

    A look at the map shows that the proposed seaport is an enclave protected from elements by the San Ildelfonso Peninsula, similar to Manila Bay protected by Bataan and Cavite on both ends.

    The cry of the farmers, especially the Agtas, is not much and should be considered and the plans on the multi-billion peso economic zone in the Pacific Rim ought to be amended to satisfy the claims of the poor inhabitants of Aurora. 

  • UrHONOR

    IT’S sawsaw time again!

  • McGerardz

    Shouldn’t the church be upholding peace and order instead of igniting a protest? I heard that the management of APECO is collaborating with the people in the area, so why don’t they just talk things through? The church always has something to say and they don’t realize how irrelevant they are.The church is all noise, hypocrisy, and no solutions. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

      It is queer for you to have this idea that the “church is all noise, hypocrisy, and no solutions”. Where have you been? What’s your hangup with Catholics?

      People in that part of Aurora province have been living harmoniously as farmers and fisher folk. When APECO had dislocated some families out of their livelihood and housing, no one took up the fight in defense of the helpless poor there except the Catholic Church represented by the clergy. 

      Same has been done by the Church for the sake of indigenous people uprooted from the ancestral domain in other parts of our country. Sometimes, the lives of some priests and lay Catholics have been taken away by those opposing their peaceful protests What solutions are you looking for when these actions by the Church are active but non-violent protests that have been effective in bringing peace and order in the communities affected?

      • McGerardz

        I have no problem with Catholics. I myself am a Catholic, but I am not amused by how the church meddles with politics all the time. “Separate church and state” Isn’t that like a universal rule? But I do understand you, and I’m sorry if I offended you but it seems that there are some things you don’t know about APECO.

        I will say no more because I’m certain that you won’t let me influence you, since your beliefs are already strong and I respect that :) but please when you can, try to read up some more and learn more about APECO because there is so much to know about it. 

        Right now actually, PNoy is talking with the marchers, so try to keep an open-mind for the things he has to say :)  peace! :)

      • henri_see

         Depriving thousands of farmers and fishermen is already beyond politics. Plus, make up your mind. When the Church did nothing against Hitler, you accused it of many things. Now when the Church is speaking out, you accuse it again of many things.
        Just make up your mind. Or admit you’re just hateful against the Church. I doubt if you’re even Catholic.

      • barok

        There are people who like to call themselves Catholics and yet do not practice nor believe in the Catholic Dogmas. Either they stop calling themselves Catholic or change religion.

      • wgd82

        These people are against the institution (The Catholic Church) and not what the Church has been doing. Lahat ng makikita nyan yung mga negative… so it is useless to explain everything to them… 

        Si non vis veritatem audire, nemo tibi dicere potet.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5QFKGABFVF472G7C2I76KP7H7I wrasef sdfsdf

        Pano kac, yung mga inaapi, mostly sa mga pari humihingi ng tulong… Kasalanan pa ng simbahan ngayon Ang tumulong sa mga inaaping mahihirap. Mga Tao nga naman… Ok lang sa n u ung mga development na yan kac hindi Nyo naman Bahay at lupa at kabuhayan Ang mawawala. I personally encounted people na nawalan ng mga bahay at pangkabuhayan dahil sa sinasabi nilang development project… Tapos, pinabayaan lang… Kaya yung iba, nasa squatters area

  • RBarocca

    Para sakin lang ah.. There are two sides to the story, at hindi ito “APECO at “ang mga tao sa casiguran”. Ang dalawang kupunan ay “APECO at ang mga tao sa casiguran” at “ang mga marchers”, ang di ko maintindihan ay kung ang simbahan talaga ay pro-poor bakit pinabayaan na nila yung mga poor na nasa side din naman ng APECO? bakit hindi nalang nila ayusin ng mabuti at ipag usap usap nalang silang lahat para maayos na din?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

      Heto na naman bumibira sa simbahan…
      Kung di po kayo Katoliko, wag naman ganito na may masabi lang para siraan ang mga Katoliko. Ang isyu po ay ang proyekto ay sumisira sa kapaligiran at pati na mga tinitirhan ng mga Agta at mga bakawan (mangroves) inalis para gumawa ng facilities na di naman tiyak na pakikinabangan ng mga mahirap. Kinukuha na ang kanilang lupa na kanilang tinitirikan ng kanilang bahay, kukunin pa ang kabuhayan nila. Ang kalikasan pati ay nanganganib na mawala doon. Hindi malayong isipin na magdudulot ito ng pinsala sa maraming yamang lupa at yamang tubig. Ito ang kinakatakot ng mga tao doon na ang APECO project ay isang pansariling interes lamang ng mga Angara at masasayang ang mga sisiraing yaman ng kalikasan doon.

      • andrew lim

        On this very rare occasion I agree with Mang Teban.

        Although in my note below, which Rizalmanalo replied to, the Church wasnt this enlightened centuries ago – in fact during Calungsod’s time, they were part of the imperialist Spanish regime in exploiting the resources of their colonies.

        But the beautiful thing here is that there is plenty of opportunity to help these sectors here- the success of one sector need not mean the poverty of the others.  Those sectors can be integrated into the devt process of the province- retrained and employed in the industries that will be set up there.

      • RBarocca

        Sorry, pero wala po akong maalala na may sinabi akong masama tungkol sa simbahan. At wala akong problema sa katoliko. Nagtatanong lang po ako kung bakit hindi na nabigyan ng pansin yung mga mahihirap na gusto naman ang APECO.. at sa aking kaalaman ay ang mga tribal leaders na mismo ang nagsabi na wala silang problema sa apeco at isang rason diyan ay nagmmeeting naman ang mga baranggay, at IPs kasama ang team ng APECO para pag usapan ang mga gusto at ayaw nila mangyari para lahat maging masaya sa proyekto na ito na makapag bibigay ng magandang kinabukasan para sa mga tao sa Casiguran at sa Pilipinas..

  • tarikan

    A 1.5-meter airstrip, ano ito sidewalk? Dapat bawasan ang X-mas bonus ang dalawang journalists na ito. Kulang sa proof reading. Habang nagsusulat si Jeannette, si TJ naman ay nangungulangot laang imbes mag-proof read. 

    • brentcom

      pano makapagconcentrate ang dalawa e si jeanette ay nakakandong kay tj. LOL. isa hindi nila alam ang width ng airstrip. ang alam busy nag-iistrip sa isat isa. hahaha

      • http://twitter.com/akongednamzug akongednamzug

        Nakaligtaan lang isulat na yung 1.5 m.ay thickness ng air strip.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Support the anti-dynasty movement.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    If there’s development planned for any places in the Philippines, it should be that the gains and the welfare of natives should be one of the priorities.  We know that in the Philippines, buying and purchasing of land can mean many things…and the affected community of natives can be used and abused by opposing politicians, that their cause might be clouded…
    It takes a BRAINY CEO to strike a balance and DECIDE THE SOONEST.
    Pero kasi walang alam at hindi pinag-aralang mabuti ang kaso, ayon, DI ALAM kung KAKAUSAPIN ang mga MARCHERS…
    Sa susunod na HALALAN,di lang basta NAGLINIS-LINISAN o SANTO-SANTONG WALANG ALAM AT KARANASAN SA PAG-AARAL AT PAG-ANALYZE NG MGA CONTRATA…AT ANG ISASAGOT NA LAMANG PARATI AY SUNDIN ANG “MATUWAD NA DAAN”.
    Hahahahahaha! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    I admire Cardinal Tagle…and I lke his TV show every Sunday…(I dont know if the TV show is still available now that he is elevated to being Cardinal).
    But I would make a humble suggestion to the Catholic Church, that the Homilies should be RELEVANT.  I heard the same patterned sermon since I can remember.
    For instance:  Jesus Christ (as told in the New Testament) was never EMOTIONAL or HE DIDN’T MAKE ANY APPEAL BASED ON EMOTIONS ALONE.  It is based on the TRUTH (e.g.  the weeping women on Jerusalem…and he replied: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.” Jesus,in this scenario didn’t use his current situation to make that “Maalaala Mo Kaya” emotional appeal but for them to be CIRCUMSPECT (about the RH Bill, and them being brainwashed to be LIBERAL/LIBERATED on their BODIES and so with their children…)
    In this APECO scenario, when Jesus said: “Blessed are the little ones…” —these little ones are those “poor” masa and natives subjected to political brainwashing and poltical abuses—“and woe to those who cause these little ones to stumble—woe to those politicians who uses the “poor” to advance their political & economic benefits that they’re using the “poor” as the subject of brainwashing…
    I know one diocesan priest, a foreigner,who’s working at the “Tulay Ng Kabataan” foundation, and he delivered very nice sermon at EDSA Shrine…a very relevant one.  One of which is that when he tackled that kind of LOVE that Jesus Christ is showing, that is so remote of the temporary and “sugarcoated” love that most of the Filipinos are fond of doing.
    I love my Church, and I’m hoping that that kind of LOVE that Jesus showed to us (by coming here on earth to show it) would be shared by each Filipinos.
    Come to think of it!

  • rodben

    Does these poor farmers can win on this fight? Liberal Party yata itong kalaban nila.

    • jga94

      This is primarily an Angara project…hindi Liberal Party si Angara…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O5DV5LWECEM4KTLBFICX4243OI Carla

    the newly appointed cardinal tagle in particular and the catholic church in general has no business whatsoever  interfering with state affairs.they refuse to understand the basic tenets of the separation of church and the state.the apeco project is a crucial first step in bringing progress 
    in the aurora region.sen.angara,who is the proponent is right when he termed it vicious and malicious.a former president of U.P.and a statesman.I believe in his vision of progress

    • Baruk1

      Catholic Church always involved in politics. Constantine resolves the Christians conflict with the pagans by combining the two practices together.
       
      Magellan from the successful campaign in South America using the sword and the cross went to our beautiful islands and try similar campaign to the Datu’s but a great hero Lapu Lapu end his journey.
       
      Dr Jose Rizal has writings  about the Church and politics.
       
      In World War II Catholic Church has involvement with the Axis power, Italy in particular.
       
      The Catholic Church are still involved in the world politics, in troubled countries and world governing political organization especially the EU.
       
      Interestingly to watch the Woman (Church) sitting on the Beast. Who will this be?
       
      And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Rev 17:5)

  • henri_see

     No country in the world would build an economic zone fronting the Western Pacific, with its typhoons, tsunamis, etc. I don’t really know if this project is worth depriving farmers and fishermen of their livelihoods.

  • jga94

    I heard yung side ni Angara on TV and side nung peasants on TV also….I wish someone would come out with a more objective article on this….ibang-iba yung dalawang side….I have been to Aurora…really a beautiful place….just so far and inaccesible….I have always thought an airport here or in a nearby province would bring progress…but of course iba itong pinaguusapan, mas malaki….

  • jga94

    This issue is becoming bigger…it might hurt the chances of the yung Angara in the Senate….hmmmmm….might be a good thing in the end…para matigil na yung dynasty na iyan…

  • Bengatibo

    Sumasawsaw si Tagle, Hindi naman niya alam ang punot dulo nang issue. Humahanap nang media mileage mula nang naging cardinal. Shame on you tagle, take care of your flocks and not politics. I lost respect to churchmen meddling in other issues other than the faith of their flock!!!

    • $20722540

      ikaw naman noh!!! sabi mo ‘take care of your flocks”…he was just taking caring of his flocks when they came to see him…gusto mo paalisin sila.  medyo contradiction yata yon ah?

  • Baruk1

    Instead of campaigning on political issues sana naman si Cardinal Tagle will start following Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God and start promoting the Law of Love na nakapaloob ang Ten Commandments. And if and only if all mankind will follow the Law there will be no murderer, no corruption, no stealing, no coveting, no liar, everyone will eat abundantly, etc. What a wonderful world to look forward to.

  • PhilippineSalt

    Baruk1 – Yon comments mo – nasa langit ka, sa lupa pa tayo…. kaa kailangan natin si Cardinal and his so called minions… hindi dahil sa kanila, tagal na tayong naging killing fileds of cambodia or naging communista na tayo.  Yes, they have to be involve- nobody including you are putting thses politcian into account… everytime may bago – may bagong law.. proposal for the poor kuno…it just another business trying to get a bite of the tax peso the gov’t is currently earning

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NA MUMULITIKA NA NAMAN ANG UNGOY NA CARNIVAL TAGLE TERRORIST KATOLIBAN”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    DADAANIN NA NAMAN SA PADASAL ANG PILIPINAS KAYA DUMAMI ANG BATANG PALABOY” 

  • ArSiEs

    Ok to kasi Im sure it will create jobs, specially sa mga taga Aurora. Sana ang makuha sa malilikhang trabaho ay yung mga mapapaalis din, ang problema, panu na kung di naman sila ganun ka-competitive? At anung trabaho naman ang ibibigay nyo sa mga mangingisda, magsasaka at sa mga katutubo?    

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Hindi na umusad-usad ang bansa dahil sa RH Bill, eto na naman ang Aurora Pacific. Kontrapelo na naman ang mga prayle. Hindi lang pala  population experts ang mga ito, economist din. Kaya si Juan de la Cruz mala-pagong ang pag-unlad. Bibliya na lang ang masterin ninyo para kayo ay matuto ng katotohanan.Leave the politics to our politicians.

  • dacuycoy

    Big waste of public funds that will only benefit the political dynasty of the province. Why build another seaport/ airport facing the vast  Pacific waters?  Most of the countries we trade are located in the West- North- South side of the country. Bakit naman ililiko ang volume ng negosyo sa Casiguran.  We have existing  seaports in Cagayan, Legaspi and Cebu on the Pacific side to handle the existing trade.

    Tama si Osmena at si Cardinal Vidal.   Hihigop lang  sa pera ni Juan dela Cruz para sa operation and  maintainance ng  white elephant project na ito at kawawa ang mga madi-displaced na mahihirap. Reduce the budget and think of more viable project with the involvement of the affected people thereat.



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