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Aquino extends review of Angara’s pet project

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President Benigno Aquino III has extended for another two or three months a weeklong review of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco), an official of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said on Friday.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino won’t scrap Apeco, orders review

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LET’S OPEN OUR MIND  In a meeting with protesters, President Aquino talks with a Casiguran farmer who says he does not agree the concept of development behind the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority will lift him from poverty. At center is Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Meeting the protesters’ demands halfway, President Aquino on Monday ordered a review of the country’s first economic hub rising at the edge of the Pacific but rejected calls that he cut off funding and scrap the project altogether.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aurora ecozone marchers’ target: Meeting with Aquino

PROTESTERS demanding a stop to the conversion of thousands of hectares of farms into an economic zone in Aurora on the second day of their 300-km march to Manila from Casiguran. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

With only about 150 kilometers left in their journey, more than 100 farmers, fishermen and indigenous peoples who have been marching from Casiguran, Aurora, since Nov. 24, are hoping to meet President Benigno Aquino to plead for his help to save their land and livelihood from an economic zone.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Senate upholds Aurora budget

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Senate of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Senate on Wednesday night rejected Sen. Sergio Osmeña III’s proposal to reduce to P3.5 million the P353-million budget of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco) for 2013.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Angara disputes Osmeña’s claim Apeco project a waste of gov’t money

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Senators Edgardo Angara and Sergio Osmeña III

Senator Edgardo Angara denied the allegations by Senator Sergio Osmeña III that the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco) in Casiguran, Aurora, was a waste of P2 billion of the government’s money.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Osmeña vows to block budget for Aurora port

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Senators Edgardo Angara and Sergio Osmeña III

Sen. Sergio Osmeña III on Tuesday vowed to block the P353-million budget next year for the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco), saying Sen. Edgardo Angara’s pet project has “absolutely no chance of succeeding in 50 years” and that the P2 billion spent for it had been wasted.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

In The Know: The demands of Casiguran peasants

MANILA OR BUST More than 100 farmers, fishermen and people from indigenous tribes on Monday set out on the second day of a 350-km march from Casiguran, Aurora, to Manila to protest the development of 12,000 hectares of agricultural and ancestral land in the town into an industrial zone. VJ VILLAFRANCA/CONTRIBUTOR

In a statement, peasants of Casiguran in Aurora on an 18-day march are demanding that:

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

120 farmers begin 350-km march vs. Aurora ecozone project

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Senator Edgardo Angara (left) and Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara

A Church-backed group of 120 peasants has mounted a 350-kilometer march to press demands that President Aquino review a 12,000-hectare economic zone rising in the remote coastal town of Casiguran in Aurora province that they say will drive them out of their homes and keep them impoverished.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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