Infanta clergy urges support against Apeco

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MANILA, April 17, 2013— The clergy of Infanta prelature has brought its campaign against the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (Apeco) project to the doorstep of other bishops across the country. 

In a letter to the bishops, the priests asked the support of other dioceses to help them spread “awareness of the struggle” of the farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous peoples in Casiguran. 

“[They] are powerless to protect themselves against the abuses of the Apeco project,” reads part of the letter. 

The Infanta prelature particularly provided the bishops with a 20-minute video documentary and a six-page briefer on the country’s first economic hub in Aurora province. 

“Please help us broaden awareness of the serial abuses in the province of Aurora as shown in the materials that we have provided,” they said. 

The clergy also provided same materials to all the diocesan social action centers and several Catholic schools. 

Responding the appeal for support of the Infanta prelature, Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon called on President Benigno Aquino to fulfill his promise to review the Apeco project. 

“There are laws that were violated. It’s like bulldozer that entered Casiguran and undermined the rights of the people there,” Cenzon said. (CBCPNews)

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