Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. said the owner of the illegally cut logs seized in his city recently is a brother of a Bukidnon government official.
Roger Edma, the wood trader who owned the logs, is said to be a brother of San Fernando, Bukidnon town mayor Laurencia Edma.
The illegal logger apparently has mobilized tribal leaders to have the logs released, on the pretext it was the tribal people who cut the logs to raise fund for school expenses for their children.
Members of the Manobo tribal community in La Paz, Tacalogon town in Agusan del Sur trooped to the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here Friday seeking the release of nearly 3,000 illegally cut logs confiscated along the Agusan River last Monday.
The tribal folk, led by 24 chieftains, sought audience with DENR regional executive director Leonardo Sibbaluca, saying proceeds of the seized logs, which were harvested from their ancestral lands, will be used for the enrollment and other school expenses of their children.