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Cagayan car traders cry foul: What seizure?

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A group of car importers based at Port Irene in Cagayan province protested on Saturday statements made by the Bureau of Customs which they said portrayed them as car smugglers.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

38 ‘hot’ cars seized at Ceza

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized 38 secondhand vehicles from an imported car dealer in Cagayan province, thwarting an attempt to illegally take them out of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZF) in Port Irene, Santa Ana, Cagayan province.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Cagayan folk question P5B breakwater cost

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IS THIS WORTH P5.1B? The breakwater at Port Irene in Cagayan province, with a jack-stone layer on top of a “pile of rocks,” protects only the warehouses and vessels used in the used-car and black-sand industries, according to local residents. MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

When construction began for the breakwater at Port Irene in the fishing village of Casambalangan in Santa Ana, Cagayan, residents felt no excitement about the new infrastructure project in their neighborhood. But when news broke last week that the project was worth P5.101 billion in taxpayer money, their jaws dropped.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Enrile law firm keeps Ceza partner name secret

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NORTHERN EXPOSURE.  The gate to the Cagayan Special Economic Zone welcomes investors to the free port in the far northern Philippines where Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants a P5.101-billion breakwater project investigated to see if Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile had a hand in the award of the contract to an allegedly favored company.  VILLAMOR VISAYA JR./INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s senior partners in his law firm, Pecabar, have invoked lawyer-client confidentiality to keep under wraps the true identity of the private partner of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in the government’s project to develop Port Irene.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Gov’t men absent in used car case

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A SECURITY guard patrols Port Irene in Sta. Ana town, Cagayan province, on board a tricycle. It is in this port where ships carrying imported used cars dock. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Government lawyers were a no-show in Friday’s hearing to defend the government’s position to enforce a ban on the importation of used vehicles.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Firm owned by Pecabar lawyers partner of Ceza

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Imported used vehicles are displayed at the vehicle yard of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Santa Ana, Cagayan, in this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo. An obscure company, whose ownership is cloaked in secrecy by a layer of corporations and a battery of lawyers belonging to the Pecabar law firm founded by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, is the private partner of the Cagayan Export Zone Authority in developing Port Irene in which the government has poured more than P5 billion over the last five years.  PHOTO BY RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

An obscure company, whose ownership is cloaked in secrecy by a layer of corporations and a battery of lawyers belonging to the Pecabar law firm founded by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, is the private partner of the Cagayan Export Zone Authority in developing Port Irene in which the government has poured more than P5 billion over the last five years.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Enrile welcomes probe of Port Irene

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Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile: Let them investigate, including diving in 15-meter-deep water. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Let them investigate, including diving in 15-meter-deep water to examine the breakwater in Port Irene, Cagayan province, they won’t find anything, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile said on Tuesday after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into his connection with the company that built the P5.101-billion project.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Enrile denies financial dealings with contractor of P5-B port project

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile on Tuesday admitted knowing the contractor that had allegedly cornered the bulk of the P5.101-billion funds for Cagayan Freeport, but denied any financial dealings with her or pocketing a single centavo from the project.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Contractor corners P5B Ceza project

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A big-time contractor, who has close personal and business ties to the former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and her family, cornered the bulk of P5 billion in state largesse given to the Cagayan Freeport in Sta. Ana town, Cagayan province, in the last five years.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cagayan economic zone allows used-car importations anew

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The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) allowed importers to bring used cars into the country once more, and a shipment was scheduled to arrive on Dec. 14 at Port Irene in Santa Ana town in Cagayan province.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ecozone thrives amid rural setting

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THE CASINO complex of the Eastern Hawaii Leisure Co. Ltd. inside the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Sta. Ana (see map) draws foreign high rollers. RICHARD BALONGLONG

For people unfamiliar with it, any mention of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP) immediately brings to mind a visual comparison with the more familiar Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Port Irene cars may disappear, say dealers

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LUXURY and sports cars are unloaded from the MV Zambales docks at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A group of used-car dealers has warned of a possible disappearance of imported vehicles here in what could be a repeat of the supposed mistake that the government committed in handling the importation controversy at Subic Bay Freeport several years ago.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

More luxury cars land in Cagayan despite ban

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A fleet of imported used luxury vehicles—including Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, Hummers—await wash and polishing work at a car lot in Casambalangan village in Santa Ana, Cagayan, in this file photo. The Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Sta. Ana has little or no comparison with the more developed Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.  MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A shipment of 446 used luxury cars, sport utility vehicles, sedans and vans arrived at Port Irene here on Saturday, even as a controversy continues to rage over the legality of such importations in the face of a Supreme Court ban and despite a moratorium that the government has issued against their registration.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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