Ang Pagbabalik: LAKAD KATARUNGAN, LAKAD MATUWID NA DAAN The Casiguran Marchers Return to Manila, Seek Fulfillment of PNoy’s Promises

The farmers traversed through the busy streets of Manila in this December 2012 march to ask Malacanang to stop APECO from converting their ancestral lands to economic zones.

Source: (Photo by Linda Noche)



April 18, 2013


Jerik Cruz— (+63.998.315.1919/

Bernie Aton— (+63.932.879.8752 /                                     


Task Force Anti-APECO with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

invite you to witness  and cover:



The Casiguran Marchers Return to Manila, Seek Fulfillment of PNoy’s Promises

Since 2010, the lands and livelihoods more than 3000 families from Casiguran, Aurora, have been threatened by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO). APECO is a 12,923-hectare freeport which has been shepherded by Senator Edgardo Angara, Congressman Juan Edgardo Angara and Governor Bella Angara-Castillo through the passage of R.A. 9490 in 2007, and vastly expanded by R.A. 10083 in 2010.

The 120 Casiguran marchers, who dialogued with President Benigno Aquino III on December 11, 2012, will finally be returning to Manila in order to demand the accomplishment of the promises extended to them by President Aquino and his Cabinet Secretaries. After enduring a frustrating four-month waiting period, they will be travelling by caravan and foot throughout Central Luzon and Manila, bringing stories of their growing unrest at the government’s nonfulfilment of most of its pledges to the Casiguran marchers, and more reports of APECO’s continuing violations since December 2012— such as illegal land conversions and illegal logging.

From April 16 to April 20, the Casiguran marchers will be visiting Baler, Baguio, San Jose City, Pampanga, and Bulacan. They will be making a final key stop in regional government offices in San Fernando, Pampanga on February 19, before venturing into Metro Manila by April 22, where they will remain until their demands for land titles, a credible economic review of APECO, and a moratorium on APECO’s budget and activities are finally met by the national government.



19 April – Friday                     TARLAC / PAMPANGA

MABALACAT: 10:00 AM                  

Entry March from Tarlac Mabalacat border to Our Lady of Divince Grace Parish Church, Mabalacat

After 10:00 AM

Press Conference

(Our Lady of Divine Grace Parish Church, Poblacion, Mabalacat, Pampanga)



(Apung Mamacalulu Shrine, Brgy. Lourdes, Angeles City, Pampanga)


Meetings and Dialogues with Regional CHR and DAR

(TBC – Regional DENR, BFAR and NCIP Offices)

20 April – Saturday                 PLARIDEL, BULACAN

9:00 AM

Entry March into Plaridel, Symposium and Forum

(St. James Parish Compound, Poblacion, Plaridel, Bulacan)

21 April – Sunday                  QUEZON CITY

AM:  Motorcade in Malolos and Arrival at Quezon City

12:00 PM

Mass  (St. Peter Parish, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City)

3:00 PM

March to Immaculate Mother School; Symposium and Forum

(Immaculate Mother School Foundation, Inc., 872 Joseph St., Commonwealth, Quezon City)

22 April – Monday                  ELLIPTICAL ROAD, Q.C. / CARITAS MANILA

Q.C.: 9:00 AM

Entry March from Novaliches and Arrival at Department of Agrarian Reform

(Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City)

Q.C.: 9:30 AM

Press Conference and Dialogue

(Department of Agrarian Reform, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City)

MANILA: 12:00 PM

Arrival and Welcoming at Caritas Manila

(Caritas Manila Inc., 2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan, Manila)

24 April – Wednesday            Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

4:00 PM   Kwentong Bayan Media Briefing and National Situationer

(Roofdeck, MVP Center for Student Leadership, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Q.C.)


For phone interviews of representatives of the Casiguran marchers, media can contact:

Fr. Joefran Talaban – parish priest of Casiguran, TFAA Spokesperson (+63.947.890.5969)

Mr. Rene Cerilla – PAKISAMA President, TFAA Caravan Co-Coordinator (+63.919.236.3496)

1st Evangelical Conference on Debt

FCAID Evangelical Conference on Debt


Registration starts at 8:00 AM

 Topics of the Conference:

Morning Session

A. Mobilizing Christians to Respond to the Call of Jubilee: How to involve faith-based communities in local public finance particularly on the debt?

Speaker: Prof. Leonor M. Briones (confirmed) – Convener, Social Watch Philippines

B. Government Reports on MDG 8! Can we make it by 2015 with Target 15?

Speaker: Rosalia V. De Leon (confirmed) – Treasurer, Bureau of Treasury, Department of Finance (BtR-DoF)

Afternoon Session

C.  In the eyes of the people, CSOs response: The Philippine Debt Situation

Speaker: Lidy Nacpil (confirmed) – Vice President, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and Regional Coordinator, Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD)

D. The Christian Way: Model Church on Public Finance and Experiences from other Churches

Speaker: Pastor Nestor Ravilas (confirmed) – Dean, Penuel School of Theology

Forum ends at 4:30 PM

Emcees: Hazel Alviz (PBS)-confirmed and Dan Andrew Cura (FEBC)-tbc

Note: For confirmation, please fill-out confirmation form on or before January 18, 2013. You may also want to organize a pre-event orientation on debt in your respective communities provided that you schedule it before the confirmation deadline.


“Sa Matuwid na Daan, pangako’y di tinatalikuran.”

For communications please contact: Jerik Cruz Task Force Anti-APECO Communications Coordinator Cellphone: 09267284058 Email: Lakad Katarungan, Lakad Matuwid na Daan Anti-APECO Marchers celebrate gains from 370-km protest walk in March Declaration, urge swift fulfillment of President and Cabinet’s promises Press Release— Task Force … Continue reading


Media Event: LAKAD KATARUNGAN, LAKAD MATUWID NA DAAN APECO Critics Engage NEDA on Independent APECO Review

A week after the dialogue between the Casiguran Marchers and the President… MEDIA ADVISORY                                                      … Continue reading


LAKAD KATARUNGAN, LAKAD MATUWID NA DAAN The Casiguran Marchers Arrive in Manila, March to Ateneo and Malacanang

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MEDIA ADVISORY December 8, 2012  Contact: Jerik Cruz— (+63.926.728.4058 / Frances Estipona (+63.915.472.6727/   Task Force Anti-APECO with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan cordially invite you to witness  and cover: LAKAD KATARUNGAN, LAKAD MATUWID NA DAAN The Casiguran Marchers Arrive … Continue reading


Lakad Katarungan, Lakad Matuwid na Daan Casiguran protesters reach homestretch of 370-km march, stage ‘exodus’ drama

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 Press Release — Task Force Anti-APECO — 7 December 2012 Photos courtesy of Veejay Villafranca and Oxfam-Philippines The 370-km protest walk of farmers, fisherfolk and IP’s will only be the first ‘diaspora’ of Casiguran residents should the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) be fully … Continue reading


The Inconvenient Truth About APECO

The Inconvenient Truth About APECO Last November 28, 2012, in a Senate privilege speech, Senator Edgardo Angara claimed to have “[taken] umbrage with the malicious and vicious allegations” targeted against the operations of the Aurora PacificEconomic Zone (APECO). In the guise of stating “the truth … Continue reading


UPDATE: Lakad Katarungan of Casiguran Farmers

The marchers are currently at Cabanatuan and held a press briefing this morning — The Casiguran March for Justice. ****************** PRESS BRIEFING THE CASIGURAN MARCH FOR JUSTICE: Anti-APECO Marchers Share Their 5-year Struggle in Cabanatuan   10:00 AM ONWARDS, DECEMBER … Continue reading


CEAP’s Endorsement

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There’s still time to still catch-up and register for the training.


2-Day Immorality of Debt Training

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“For the Lord your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.” — … Continue reading