Anti-Apeco groups urge Aurora folks to reject Angaras in May 2013 polls

GROUPS opposed to the controversial Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco) on Monday appealed to voters and people of Aurora province to reject the electoral bids of the Angaras running for various elective posts in the May 2013 elections.

We highly recommend to the people of Aurora the wholesale rejection of Angara dynasty in  the May 2013 elections. Their rejection at the electoral box-office next year is one way of achieving justice, said Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France in a press statement.

The Pamalakaya leader said the people of Aurora should score a giant kill against the senatorial ambition of Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, the plan of Sen. Edgardo Angara to run for governor, and the political plan of Aurora governor Bella Angara Castillo to run for the lone district of the province in case the latter decides to replace his nephew as congressional district representative.

The people of Aurora must rise above the occasion and stop the Angara dynasty from ruling the province and building Apeco empire in Aurora. The rejection of the Angara clan is also the rejection of the Public Private Partnership inspired  free port zone project authored by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, France added.

On Saturday sent away “letters locked inside plastic bottles” containing demands to Malacanang, and two of these demands press Aquino to scrap the Apeco project and veto the P 353-million budget approved by Congress for the freeport zone in 2013.

Pamalakaya) and Anakpawis party list leaders gathered at the river bank of Pasig River in Guadalupe, Makati City and let several plastic bottles carrying their letters sailed off  on water current going to Malacanang Palace.

“We hope these messages containing the collective sentiment of the people in Aurora will reach President Aquino. We ask the Presidential Security Guards to take time, wait these bottles to pass Malacanang Palace and pick one for the Aquino presidency so the Chief Executive will be able to read and dissect these messages and demands of the Aurora folks for responsive action,” said Pamalakaya.

In their letters to the President Aquino, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list put to tasked the President to indefinitely suspend the implementation and operations of Apeco to prevent the proponents led by Senator Angara, Rep. Angara and Castillo from pursuing their land, mountain and sea grabbing spree in Casiguran which are detrimental and fatal to rural livelihood, social justice rights and people’s environment.

They said President Aquino is politically, morally and legally obliged to veto the P 353-million budget approved for Apeco in 2013. On the other hand, Malacanang should order the Commission on Audit (COA) to perform a financial and performance audit on some P 2-B in taxpayers’ money which were spent for Apeco from 2008 to 2012.

Pamalakaya also challenged President Aquino to certify as urgent—House Bill No. 5879 filed by Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael V. Mariano calling for the repeal of laws creating Apeco.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis partylist said the  stretch of land bordering the shorelines of saltwater fishing of Aurora affected with the from the Southern tip of the peninsula of San Ildefonso going to Casiguran Bay to the opposite shore of the Casiguran sound is around 57.4 kilometers and it will affect thousands of small fishermen in several fishing villages.

The groups asserted the rights of Agtas and Dumagats occupying the villages of San Ildefonso, Culat and Cozo are also violated by the Apeco project. Pamalakaya and Anakpawis said around 11,900 hectares of the indigenous people’s claim for ancestral domain were landgrabbed by the freeport project.

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