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Rape of Palawan

05:03 AM May 16, 2018

Thank you for the terrific commentary on the ongoing rape of Palawan (“Palawan’s indigenous food, forests threatened” by Wolfram Dressler and Marvin Montefrio, 5/10/18) which is so disheartening.

I lived in Singapore once when acrid haze from the Indonesian forest fires caused by palm oil plantations engulfed the region regularly.

The peat soil fires resulting from slash-and-burn practices of small-scale farmers, rogue lumber operators and oil palm companies have contributed to the toxic pollution that has endangered not just humans but the vast biodiversity in that archipelago.

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Tragically we in the Philippines are going down that toxic road out of ignorance and greed.

We should heed — and thank — scientists like Dressler and Montefrio for their good work.

The question now is whether there’s any hope that our local scientists and a few thinking politicians will follow their lead.

TESS E. MANZANO, temanzano67@gmail.com

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