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Illegal logging irks governor Mangudadatu

Gov. Suharto ‘Teng’ Mangudadatu
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat – Gov. Suharto ‘Teng’ Mangudadatu has ordered an investigation into the reported illegal logging activities in the mountain villages within the boundary of Lebak and Kalamansig towns.

Wenceslao Flores, executive assistant to the governor, said the governor was upset when he saw more than 20 felled huge timbers of ‘Red Lawaan’ hardwood specie during an ocular inspection recently at far-flung sitio Lem, Barangay Salangsang in Lebak town.

Flores said local indigenous peoples had earlier complained to the governor about the wanton cutting of timber within the concession area of the Consunji logging firm that already encroached their coffee plantation area.

This prompted the governor to go to the area and verify the reported illegal logging activities.

Flores said the governor will summon the management of the Consunji Logging Corp. and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources assigned in the area to explain why logging activities continue in the area despite the imposition of a total log ban in the entire country.

He said the governor will also look into reports that there were two children in the area who reportedly died after they were accidentally hit by logs while being transported by trucks.

Officials of Consunji logging firm said the timbers were cut to pave the way for the construction of a drainage project within its concession area.

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