BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004
Edong Angara Wants A Total Log Ban and Defines His Legacy
By Antonio S. Lopez
On Dec. 27, 1735, the town of Baler, Aurora was inundated by an earthquake-induced massive tidal wave, wiping out its entire population except for five families – Lumasac, Bitong, Carrasco, Poblete, Bijasa and Angara. Three of the families move out of Baler, leaving two, the Lumasacs and the Angaras in the town which was relocated two kilometers inland.
In late November and early December 2004, Aurora province was again devastated by massive flooding and more than thousand perished. This time, the disaster struck the towns of Dingalan, Generel Nakar, Real and Infanta. Not Baler. Yet, the Angara family was accused of logging, which was blamed for the overwhelming floodwaters.
Retorted Senator Edgardo Angara: “Our family has never been and will never get involved in logging operations, whether legal or illegal. We have no reason to destroy Aurora because we are there for the long pull. We have a stake in the province. We have been there for centuries.”
Claiming the stake for the future and looking beyond the present is a remarkable quality of Edgardo Angara. The senator has been for a total log ban. In 1991, when the great debate over logging was raging in the Senate, he was one of the senators who voted for a total log ban. When the vote was again taken in 1993, Angara again voted for a total ban. “My public record has been a consistent one, a pro-environment against logging,” he declares.