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I read the Sept. 1 editorial “Overtaken,” and I felt envy toward the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, one of the recipients of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, for its accomplishment. A 100-percent conviction rate is truly something to trumpet about.
By Neal H. Cruz
Why does it flood so easily these days? Several factors combine to make it possible.
I wish to reply to Ramon Tulfo’s Jan. 5 column which alleged that I dismissed all illegal logging cases filed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quirino province. The column also suggested that I should be investigated for this, thus implicitly attributing some wrongdoing on my part. I wish to make it [...]
This refers to Mon Tulfo’s column, “Influential people in illegal logging named” (Inquirer, 12/15/12). The past several days have found me scanning the local dailies in search of reports stating the truth behind the relentless pillage and wanton rape of natural resources by influential people in areas hardest hit by Typhoon “Pablo.” My curiosity was [...]
By Carlos Isagani T. Zarate
Two weeks after supertyphoon “Pablo” battered and forever changed the landscape of southern Mindanao and the lives of millions of its inhabitants, the full magnitude and extent of the devastation it left behind and the crisis it triggered are yet to be fully grasped, as its effects are only being discovered, agonizingly, “piece by piece” and “part by part” with every passing day.
By Neal H. Cruz
The question is why: Why did so many people die in Mindanao in spite of early warnings by Pagasa, by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and by local government units? In fact, some families had left their homes and gone to evacuation centers. Still so many people died. Why?
ILLEGAL LOGGING has always been a problem in our country. Laws banning and regulating logging have been passed, but illegal logging continues. Many cause-oriented groups and environmentalists have been working to at least minimize illegal logging and identify illegal loggers. As we know it, trees are a source of food and oxygen and has [...]
Faster perhaps than the forests that the Philippines is losing is the number of its forest rangers. According to an alarming report by Agence France-Presse, 20 of the country’s 2,000 forest rangers have been killed since the government imposed a nationwide logging ban in 2010. The number shows that shady timber merchants have turned to more aggressive and deadly tactics to defeat the total log ban. It also shows that the government may be losing the race to save the remaining forests.
This is in reaction to the call of Leonardo Angeles for the lifting of Executive Order 23 (Inquirer, 7/6/12). It is not the EO which is the problem, it is the corruption in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. We have reported many violations of the law. Instead of punishing the erring officials, the DENR defended them and their lies.
President Aquino warned illegal loggers and their cohorts in government against defying Executive Order 23, which imposes a nationwide moratorium on logging in natural and residual forests.
By Rina Jimenez-David
TWENTY-ONE years ago, on Oct. 14, 1991, Fr. Neri Satur was on his way back to Valencia town (now city) in Bukidnon with a female aide when they were ambushed by a group of armed men. He was shot pointblank with a shotgun after he fell from his motorcycle, and his head was smashed with [...]
By Juan L. Mercado
Chief Justice Renato Corona’s bank boodle stunned many. Yet, the “capo’s stash is petty cash when contrasted with what the timber mafia here skimmed.”