The March to Progress in the Philippines

By Ditsi Carolino, Al Jazeera - http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/2014/11/march-progress-philippines-2014112122317640995.html
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2014

A tribesman leads his village in resisting a development project that promises progress but threatens his tribe.

“Mr President, your idea of progress is not our idea of progress”, admonishes tribal man Vic to President Aquino of the Philippines.

Vic is one of 120 people from Casiguran, north of the Philippines, marching across the country to protest a controversial land development created by a powerful political dynasty.

The development promises to bring economic progress with resorts, an airport and factories. Construction has begun, destroying ricelands and displacing fisherfolk.

Aurora project draws flak

by Macon Ramos-Araneta - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/03/aurora-project-draws-flak/
Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

OPPOSITORS of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port project in Casiguran led by the town’s parish priest on Wednesday slammed the apparent inaction of Malacañang on their plight.

Senator Edgardo Angara and his son, Aurora Rep. Jun Edgardo “Sonny” Angara co-sponsored Republic Act 10083, creating APECO.

The younger Angara and Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, the senator’s sister, sit on the economic zone’s Board.