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from the Northern Philippine Times: Illegal logging rampant in Aurora national park

Illegal logging is still rampant at the famous Aurora Memorial National Park here despite presence of police and environment personnel and a crackdown waged by the provincial government.

The illegal operations have angered Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo who expressed disgust that illegal loggers manage to pass through checkpoints.

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from Four tribes get titles over ancestral lands

CADT RO3-SLU-1205-039 covers 2,789 ha of land and 2,859 ha of waters in Barangay Dibut in San Luis and in portions of Barangays Zabali and Pingit in Baler, both in Aurora.

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from NPA admits burning of coco nursery in Aurora

The Domingo Erlano Command of the New People’s Army in Aurora has claimed responsibility for the burning of 14,000 coconut seedlings and several cottages at the Aurora Provincial Coconut Development Center in Dinalungan town on Thursday night.

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from From Baler with love

In commemoration of Baler’s founding and its historic train of events, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts led by its Chairman Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC) headed by Secretary Heherson Alvarez will hold an art activity called “Gallery of the Seas” coinciding with the twin celebration of the National Heritage Month and the Month of the Ocean. The local government of Baler, Mayor Arthur Angara, and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo also joins the “Gallery of the Seas” as this event, already on its fourth staging, will be held at the hometown of the Angaras.

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from Police in Philippines arrest accused in 2005 murder of journalist

Local police arrested one of the alleged gunmen in the 2005 killing of journalist Philip Agustin on May 13 in Pampanga, a province approximately 81 km from Manila, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

The Philippine National Police in Central Luzon arrested Nilo “Boy” Morete in Poblacion village, Mabalacat town, Pampanga at around 3:30 p.m. (local time) on May 13.

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About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

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