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08 January 2009

SBMA ADMINISTRATOR AND CEO ARMAND C. ARREZA'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON REVOCATION OF DENR-SBMA MOA

"We respect the DENR's decision to revoke our Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with them and will cooperate fully with the Department in ensuring environmental compliance within the Freeport. We also wish to reiterate that the SBMA remains committed to the protection of the environment and will seek the DENR's reconsideration.

As far as our alleged plan to cut down trees to make way for a hotel-casino project is concerned, we welcome the DENR's stepping into the picture, as this would help us in making sure that Subic's environment is preserved amidst all the development that is taking place in the Freeport. This will also be an opportunity for us to clear ourselves of the negative insinuations levied against us.

At the same time, we wish to assure the public that all 366 trees at the project site remain intact to this day." (End of Statement)

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