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By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – With the objective of defending a “paradise against destruction,” various groups formally launched Resist Apeco! Defend Aurora Movement, Sept. 6. Apeco stands for the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port (Apeco) project that will cover almost 13,000 hectares of land in five villages of Cagisuran town. The…

“It is the farmers, without any meaningful support from the government, who principally worked for a bountiful harvest. Even the so-called budget for irrigation cannot be claimed as government support because we’re the ones paying the exorbitant irrigation fees. Now, because the the government is giving measly funds for the national rice and corn program, we seriously doubt that high harvest yields can continue.” – KMP

The solidarity mission went to Pantabangan to document the conditions of the Igorot community who are being displaced from the land they have been tilling. The team did not expect that they would experience what the Igorots have to put up with in their struggle for land.

Sidebar: For two Igorot women, a constant struggle to survive

Sidebar: Imprisoned for refusing to leave their land

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Various groups called for the immediate release of a leader of indigenous peoples who was recently arrested in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. Ernesto Bubod, 54, a Kalanguya-Igorot and vice chieftain of Sitio Maluyon, Brgy. Villarica, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, was taken by five armed men in plainclothes who posed as…

A farmers’ group believes that this is a case of landgrabbing and speculation in anticipation of and preparation for the construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx). The group said that as the market value of lands around the superhighways are expected to skyrocket, business firms are trying to takeover farmlands even if it meant displacing farmers.