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Dear President Noynoy Aquino,

The Aurora Pacific Ecozone and Freeport (APECO) was established by RA 10083 over 12,923 hectares of productive agricultural lands and natural forests in Casiguran, Aurora.

THE TRUTHS ARE:

The APECO Law was passed without consultation with the people of Casiguran.

The APECO Law was passed without approval of the local government unit of Casiguran—a violation of the Local Government Code (RA 7160) and the APECO Law itself.

APECO displaces fisherfolk without provision for relocation and livelihood—a violation of the Fisheries Code (RA 8550).

APECO intrudes into ancestral lands of the Agta Dumagats without their “Free, Prior and Informed Consent”—a violation of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (RA 8371).

APECO’s proposed infrastructure and industries will destroy at least 300 hectares of productive, irrigated rice lands thereby endangering food security in Aurora and the pristine waters of Casiguran Bay—a violation of the CARPer Law (RA 9700).

APECO disregards the rights of affected tillers of 110 hectares of land covered by the CARP (RA 6657).

Since 2008, about P500 million of the people’s money has already been released to APECO without any COA audit of its expenditures—a violation of the Government Auditing Code (PD 1445).

Industries Development Corporation (IDC), the only registered investor in APECO owned by Mr. Joselito Ong, asked for exemption from DENR DMC 2008-03 prohibiting commercial cutting of natural forests in Aurorain order to implement a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Province of Aurora and IDC, signed by Governor Angara-Castillo, Senator Edgardo Angara, Congressman Sonny Angara and Mr. Ong. Mr. Ong is one of the 5 Board members of APECO.

APECO already paid P50 million out of a committed P120 million to Mr. Joselito Ong (IDC) supposedly for the purchase of Mr. Ong’s logging rights–a potential violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019).

APECO paid more than P650,000 per hectare for the coconut land of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Benjamin Miña, yet it paid only P45,000 per hectare for the rice lands of those who have already lost their homes–a potential violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019).

Mangroves have already been cleared to give way to APECO – a potential violation of environment policies in PD 705 and DENR DMC 2008-03.

The APECO Law was passed without the benefit of a full feasibility study and of the required inputs from the affected communities.The bill, which merely lapsed into law, was sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara in the Senate and Congressman Sonny Angara in the House of Representatives, with the endorsement of Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo. Congressman Angara and Governor Angara-Castillo presently sit in the APECO Board, while Senator Angara admits he acts as CEO of APECO.

President, they are so powerful and we are powerless against them. Hindi pinapakinggan ang boses ng mga maliliit. The APECO is a virtual “republic” with more prerogatives and powers than any government corporation (GOCC) in the country today.

Who will benefit from the APECO? Illegal loggers, internet gambling operators, smugglers, land speculators? And who will get hurt? Farmers, small landowners, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, the environment, the national government coffers.

Tanong ni Lola Luz Gonzales, edad 79 at magsasaka, “Bakit kami papaalisin ng APECO sa lupa na pinagyaman namin?” Sabi ni Victor Abajon, isang katutubo, ang buhay bago APECO ay “mahusay, matahimik at malaya.” Mr. President, please stop funding the serial plunder of Casiguran. Please listen to the voiceless people of Aurora.

Maraming salamat, Ginoong Pangulo. Asahan ninyo na kasama kami sa pagtataguyod sa daang matuwid.

Signatories:

PRELATURE OF INFANTA

MOST REV. ROLANDO TRIA TIRONA
Bishop of the Prelature of Infanta

MOST REV. JULIO XAVIER LABAYEN
Bishop-Emeritus of the Prelature of Infanta

Vicariate of St. Anthony de Padua, Casiguran, Aurora

FR. CEFERINO VALENZUELA, JR.
St. Isidore Parish. Dinalungan, Aurora

FR. JOSE FRANCISCO TALABAN
Nuestra Senora de Salvacion Parish. Bianoan, Casiguran, Aurora

FR. MIGUEL FLORO AVENILLA
St. Anthony de Padua Parish. Casiguran, Aurora

FR. JOSELITO CRUZ, FLP
St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Dilasag, Aurora

Vicariate of San Luis Obispo

FR. NILVON CO VILLANUEVA
DEACON IAN CHRIS BALISNOMO, FLP

San Luis Obispo Parish. Baler, Aurora

FR. NOEL VALENCIA
San Luis Rey Parish. San Luis, Aurora

FR. ISRAEL GABRIEL
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish. Maria, Aurora
Social Action Director

FR. PETE MONTALLANO, OFM
St. Patrick Parish. Dingalan, Aurora
Director for Indigenous People’s Apostolate

FR. ANDRES LUMASAC
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish. Dipaculao, Aurora

FR. ERLITO POBLETE
Ina ng Sambayanan ng mga Dukha Parish. Quirino, Maria, Aurora

All five vicariates and 22 parishes all over Aurora and Quezon are opposed to APECO

IP COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION IN AURORA

MAYOR REYNALDO BITONG, Mayor, Casiguran
DOMINADOR DELLOSA, Barangay Captain, San Ildefonso
REGINA ENERIA, Chieftain, Dipontian, San Ildefonso
VITA BANAYAD, Chieftain, Kasapsapan
JAVAR TULIO, Chieftain, Disigisaw
RENATO PRADO, Tribal leader, Dipontian
MARINA PRADO, Tribal leader
OLIVER BECASAN, Tribal Council
ALFONSO VAN ZIJL and the Bataris Formation Center
ELMER GONZALES and the Bicol-Ilocano Casiguranon Farmers Association (BICFA), 124 members
REV. FR. ISRAELITO GABRIEL and the Diocesan Social Action Center Of The Prelature Of Infanta
EDUARDO PUJEDA and the Justice And Peace Action Group (JPAG)
DELIA O. SEVELLENO and the Kalusugan Lingkod Sa Aurora (KALINGA)
VICENTE CONVICTO and the Pinag-Isang Lakas (Piglasca), 250 members
SANNY ALCANTARA and the Parish Pastoral Council Of Nuestra Senora De La Salvacion Parish

Munting Sambayanang Kristiyano (MSK) leaders from the Vicariate of Aurora
EDNA GUERRERO
MARY VIDAD
VINIA TANALAS
CULOGIA CHIONG
EVING BAOY
LETTY MOLINA
REY AND REMY ALCANTARA
GLORIA GALANG
SABEL ALFROTE
ARLENE TESORERO
SHIERLEY FELICIA
DIOGENES TOLLEDO
ERLY ARDA
INENG OLAYA
BEBOT OLAGUER
MERLINDA ADA
ZENY HERMOGENES
VIVIAN MIRANDA
DONNIE TORRE
FLORENTO TRUCILLA
TONY GUZMAN
ARLENE ASTRERA
TONY ANGARA
LINDA DIAZ
BEN DE PABLO
CARINA DE PABLO
LORELIE TABAJONDA
CAROL SUMABAT

SUPPORT GROUPS

MOST REV. ANTONIO LEDESMA, D.D
Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro

MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS INIGUEZ, D.D
Bishop of Kalookan

MOST REV. TEDORO BACANI, D.D
Bishop-Emeritus of Novaliches

MOST REV. BRODERICK PABILLO, D.D
Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
National Director of CBCP-NASSA, Co-convenor of SULONG CARPER

ATTY. CHRISTIAN MONSOD
Co-convenor of SULONG CARPER

COMM. CAMILO SABIO
Legal Counsel, CBCP-NASSA

SR. ANGIE VILLANUEVA, R.C.
Chairperson , Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation
Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines

VIC FABE
PAKISAMA

Akbayan Partylist
REP. ARLENE BAG-AO
REP. WALDEN BELLO
former REP. RISA HONTIVEROS

REV. FR. EDWIN GARIGUEZ and CBCP-National Secretariat For Social Action–Justice And Peace
RENE PINEDA and the Citizens’ Organization Concerned With Advocating Philippine Environmental Sustainability (Cocap)
ANTONIO M. CLAPAROLS, and the Ecological Society Of The Philippines (Esp)
FR. BENNY TUAZON, MS. LOU ARSENIO and Ecology Ministry Of The Archdiocese Of Manila
JOY CHAVEZ and the Focus On The Global South
PATRIA GWEN M.L BORCENA, and the Greenresearch Environmental Research Group
BLAS TABANRANZA, JR. and the Haribon Foundation
BEMBET MADRID and the Integrated Pastoral Development  Incorp.
GEORGE O. DADIVAS, and the Kupkop Kita Kabayan Foundation, Inc. (KKKFI)
SR. AIDA VELASQUEZ, OSB, and the Lingkod Tao Kalikasan
ANDY ROSALES and the Maging Tapat
MIGUEL MAGALANG and the Marinduque Council For Environmental Concerns
DENNIS CALVAN and the NGOs FOR FISHERIES REFORM (NFR)
RAUL SOCRATES BANZUELA and PAKISAMA
ROY JERUSALEM CABONEGRO and the Partido Kalikasan  (PK)
PHILIPP CAMARA and the Pinatubo Party
BRO. MARTIN FRANCISCO and the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI)
FR. PETE MONTALLANA and the Save Sierra Madre Network (SSMN)
RAMCY ASTOVEZA  and the Tribal Center For Development Foundation Inc. (TCD)
GIGI CHUA, NOEMI TIRONA and the Consumer Rights For Safe Food
ANTHONY MARZAN and KAISAHAN
NORMITA BATUAL and BALAOD
Paralegal Volunteers Organization UP College of Law


Individuals

ATTY. KOKO PIMENTEL
CONG. TEDDY BAGUILAT
REV. FR. ARCHIE CASEY, SX, Xaverian Missionary
PROF. ANGELINA GALANG, PhD. Miriam College
PROF. VICTORIA M. SEGOVIA, Miriam College

CHARLES AVILA,
Director, Social Justice, Lay Society Of St. Arnold Janssen
Chairman, Philippine Association Of Small Coconut Farmers’ Organizations

Sisters from the College of the Holy Spirit
SR. ANNA VIRGINIA MAGPILY, SSpS
SR. GENOVEVA SALVA, SSpS
SR. VICTRICIA PASCASIO, SSpS
SR. ROSALINDA ARGOSINO, SSpS
SR. ARLENE LOBITANA, SSpS
SR. FATIMA MANDING, SSpS
SR. ARNOLD MARIA NOEL, SSpS

ELIAS F. SEGUNDO, Concerned citizen
JOSEPH PERNIA, former World Bank Director


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Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 26, 2010, p. 20

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Ano ba ang ASEZA?
– Aurora Special Economic Zone Act of 2007 o RA 9490
– Isang enklabo o eksklusibong lugar para sa negosyong pang eksport at para sa mga Trans National Corporation (TNCs) at lokal na mayayamang kapitalista.
– Sumasakop sa limang daang (500) ektarya na matatagpuan sa Bgy. Esteves, Dibet at Dibacong sa bayan ng Casiguran
– Sa kasalukuyan ay may nakahaing amyenda para baguhin ang pangalan (Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port) at palawakin pa na umaabot sa 13,852 ektarya na sumasakop sa mga Barangay tulad ng Dibet, Esteves, Dibacong (1,000 ektarya) at Cozo, San Ildefonso, Culat at Lual (12,852 ektarya)

Anu-ano ang mga proyektong itatayo dito?
– Para mahikayat ang dayuhang mamumuhunan, sa unang yugto ay itatayo ang international airport, daungan ng malalaking cargo vessels (barko), club house, hotel, beach resorts at entrance plaza.
– Itatayo din ang mga pabrikang pang-eksport, marine culture park, at iba pa. Gagamitin ang P800 milyong buwis ng mamamayan para sa proyektong ito.

Bakit tumututol ang mamamayan sa ASEZA/APEZA?
– Mawawalan ng lupa ang mga lihitimong nagmamay-ari ng lupa (titulado, deklarado) at mga magsasakang matagal nang naglilinang nito. Gayundin ang mga katutubong mamamayan na matiwasay na namumuhay sa mga pamayanan sa baybay dagat.
– Manganganib ang kasiguruhan sa pagkain sapagkat ang mga sinakop na lugar ay prime agrikultural land at tinuturing na rice granary ng Northern Aurora at masisira ang mga saganang pangisdaan na nagsusuplay maging sa karatig lalawigan.
– Mawawalan ng kasiguruhan sa paninirahan dahil sa malawakang dislokasyon.
– Ang mga tinaguriang “informal families” na ililipat sa relocation ay mga taal na taga barangay mismo.
– Ang target na relocation site para sa 450 kabahayan na may kabuuang 13.93 ektarya sa Reserba ay kasalukuyang binubungkal, pinagyayaman at pinaninirahan din ng mga pamilyang magsasaka noon pang 1960s.
– Walang isinasagawang anumang konsultasyon sa mamamayang maaapektuhan ng proyekto bago at matapos maisabatas ang ASEZA.
– Para sa karaniwang magsasaka, mangingisda at katutubo, ang lupa at dagat ay buhay.
– Ang ipinapangako at ipinapanagalandang trabaho ay panandalian lamang at hindi para sa karamihang mamamamayan.
– Naniniwala kami na ang pagpapaunlad ng agrikultura sa pamamagintan ng pamamamhagi ng lupa at suportang serbisyo para sa magsasaka ang susi para maibsan ang kahirapan at hindi ang pagsandig sa mga dayuhang inbestor at mayayamang negosyante.

Kahilingan ng mamamamayan:
-Ipamahagi ang lupang reserbasyon sa mga lihitimong magsasakang nagbubungkal nito.
– Ipatupad ang tunay na reporma sa lupa.
– Igalang at protektahan ang lupain at karagatang ninuno at lupang sakahan.
-Kasiguruhan sa pagkain at paninirahan ng mamamayan.

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PRESS RELEASE: 9 May 2010

Farmers, fisher folk and indigenous peoples displaced by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO) drew support from key sectors when members of Casiguran’s Task Force Anti-APECO visited Manila on May 6, 2010.

Farmer Victor Convicto of Piglas-Casiguran-Task Force Anti-APECO with Dumagat representative Ryan Francisco and Casiguran parish priest Fr. Joefran Talaban expressed confidence that the next administration will junk RA 10083 after a meeting with representatives from government, the Church and other organizations in Manila. RA 100873, which recently lapsed into law, expands the scope of the project pushed by Senator Edgardo Angara, Rep. Sonny Angara and Governor Bella Angara-Castillo.

“More people are finding out about the violations against human rights and other laws on local government, agrarian, reform, fisheries, and the false promises of economic growth which endanger the welfare of indigenous peoples and the environment,” Convicto said.

He added that they raised greater public awareness of its adverse impact on national interest. While in Manila, the group had positive dialogues with representatives of Congress, Senate, civil society, and the possibly the country’s next president, as they personally delivered a letter of protest against RA 10083 to all candidates at each of their campaign headquarters.

“Most are skeptical of the benefits being aggressively promoted by those behind the project. They understood that destroying our farms and fishing grounds would have negative effects on agricultural productivity and food security,” he said.

According to Convicto, they shared similar reservations against RA 10083 due to the loss of livelihood for majority of Casiguran’s population reliant on these industries. Another concern is channeling taxpayers’ money and already scarce public funds to the APECO in favor of private interests, in addition to the limited authority of national and local governments in the area.

“With their help, we will continue our fight,” the group said.

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

CBCP-NASSA ( Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace )

Manila, Intramuros

Tel no. 09228348248

 

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PRESS RELEASE: 4 June 2010
Reference: Atty. Aison Garcia Tel No. (0922) 8340026

The Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (Saligan) with the Pambansang Kilusan ng Mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) holds the first of a series of fora on “Addressing the APECO” on 4 June 2010 from 1 to 5 PM at the Ugnayan Hall of the Phildraa Partnership Center in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Joined by affected residents represented by the Task Force Anti-APECO, the activity gathers partners from different sectors in support of displaced local communities in Casiguran, Aurora, largely comprised of farmers, fisher folk and indigenous peoples, following the passage of RA 10083 or the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) law.

RA 10083, authored by Senator Edgardo Angara and Rep. Sonny Angara, and endorsed by Aurora governor Bella Castillo-Angara, is said to violate laws on local government, agrarian reform, fisheries, and indigenous peoples rights.

“We hope the forum gives voice to the urgent concerns of the local communities and draws attention to the legal contentions against RA 10083,” says Aison Garcia of Saligan, an alternative legal NGO.

Both Saligan and Pakisama are partners of the Sumilao farmers of Bukidnon. The latter drew unprecedented multisectoral support after dramatizing a similar protest to regain ownership of their ancestral lands by walking from Mindanao to Metro Manila in 2007.

The adverse socioeconomic and environmental impact of special economic zones will be discussed with legal strategies for the group, to be followed by the initial planning session on the national advocacy campaign. Speakers include ABA Partylist Rep. Leonardo Montemayor, environment and social assessment specialist James Esguerra, and Fr. Edu Gariguez of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace.

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

CBCP-NASSA ( Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace )

Manila, Intramuros

Tel no. 09228348248

 

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