May 25, 2017: Ipilan Corporation asked to explain tree-cutting spree

May 25, 2017: Ipilan Corporation asked to explain tree-cutting spree
 

MANILA — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC) until Wednesday to explain why no criminal charges should be filed against the mining company over its massive indiscriminate tree cutting in the town of Brooke’s Point in Palawan province.

DENR-Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino issued the show cause order based on a directive by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who had ordered a full investigation into INC’s violations for cutting down thousands of trees within its mining area even after the DENR had stopped its operations.

Cimatu himself saw the extent of the destruction caused by INC’s tree cutting activity during an aerial inspection and a dialogue with the officials of the company and the local government over the weekend.

The massive tree-cutting drew indignation from residents, led by Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano.

Disgusted by what he saw during the inspection, Cimatu issued a general warning to irresponsible mining companies about “going around the law.”

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