APECO Welcomes the Supreme Court en banc Ruling, dated 24 November 2020, on the Constitutionality of APECO Charter Republic Act 9490, as amended by RA 10083

April 04, 2022

The Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) defended APECO against the Consolidated petitions filed by anti APECO led by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Pinag-isang Lakas ng mga Samahan sa Casiguran Aurora (PIGLACASA) who applied for Temporary Restraining Order assailing as unconstitutional RA 9490, as amended by RA 10083, which established the Aurora Special Economic Zone and Freeport (now known as APECO).

The 52-page SC ruling noted that it “cannot speculate on the facts and project hypothetical situations in cases where parties failed to fully argue and develop their cases”. In dismissing the petitions, the SC admonishes that “approaching the courts requires not only passion and concern for sectoral issues, but legal competence to make a case that will stand judicial scrutiny”. 

On this basis, the Consolidated Petitions, docketed as G.R. Nos. 198699 and 208282 entitled “KMP et al. vs. APECO et. al.” and “PIGLACASA vs APECO et. al.”, respectively are DISMISSED.


File: Supreme Court Decision (November 24, 2020)