US ‘green’ award for Arroyo draws outrage

MANILA, Philippines—Not so fast.

More environmental and religious groups have expressed outrage over the prestigious conservation award President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to receive at the US Congress in Washington on Tuesday.

Ms Arroyo is also scheduled to receive another award this week in Madrid from Spanish King Juan Carlos I for her efforts in promoting the Spanish language in the Philippines.

A Switzerland-based organization has written the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), saying it was “shocked and very angry” over the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award to be conferred on Ms Arroyo during her visit to the United States.

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