Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental said
there are politicians who are involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the
mountains of the town.
PATROL CAR. A refurbished Mitsubishi Lancer being turned over to the Bacolod
City Police Office by Bantay Banwa member Vic Tan following the regular meeting
of the Bacolod City Peace and Order Council. From, (left) newly appointed BCPO
OIC S/Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Pastor Efren Dela Cruz of Bantay Banwa, City
Mayor Monico Puentevella, TMU chief Insp. Roger Ong, Romie Li of Republic
Hardware, DILG OIC Cherryl Tacda, Bantay Banwa’s Dot Soliven and Police Officer
4 Julito Colantro.*(CMO-PIO photo)
Estrao, however admitted that he can not pinpoint the names of such
politicians behind the cutting of endangered species of trees.
He said there is no sufficient evidence yet against the alleged politicians,
adding that reports reaching him about them came from the people commissioned to
do the actual cutting of trees.
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENBO) in the area
earlier also said that private persons with the money to finance the cutting of
trees are also behind poaching.
Government operatives lately confiscated thousands of board feet of cut
lumber from endangered species, reportedly cut from the virgin forest in the
town, and were intended for building boat hulls.