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No Round Two

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Senators and other officials gorge on pork barrel slabs. So what’s to keep public works contractors from pocketing extra bucks by ripping up ecological safeguards? Cebu and Bohol offer case studies to indicate whether they’ll go scot free—again.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Human life over trees, utility posts

There have been been many protests published in the newspapers against tree-cutting because of the expansion of major highways in Tarlac and Pangasinan. And yet nobody seems to protest against Meralco and PLDT posts left lying on highways after a road expansion project is completed.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Woodmen, please spare those trees

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I have good news and bad news today. First, the good news: A total of 486 huge acacia trees lining the MacArthur Highway in Pampanga were saved from the chainsaws of the Department of Public Works and Highways when Judge Ma. Angelica Paras-Quiambao of Regional Trial Court Branch 59 extended a temporary restraining order issued earlier by another judge.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Developers, please spare those trees

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said last week that the government should not be too hasty in selling government land to private developers. Once the land becomes private property, the owner can do anything with it, including cutting of trees, he said. Wrong. There is a law that requires a private landowner to secure the permission [...]

Posted: April 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What is Baguio without the pine trees?

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SM is quickly earning a reputation as a bully. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of hundreds of pine trees it wants to cut or ball in its property in Baguio. SM wants to put a parking lot in the place where the pine trees are. Baguio residents and environmentalists everywhere are [...]

Posted: April 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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