Illegal loggers continue rape of Caraga tribal reservation

   Illegal loggers, allegedly backed by unscrupulous politicians and influential businessmen, have renewed their operations inside the 51,000-hectare Manobo Agroforestation Complex in Agusan del Sur and other parts of the Caraga region, said a tribal leader.     Manobo chieftain Bae Hawodon Cugbahan Merlyn Tagleong Coguit said the loggers could have been emboldened by the death of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.     Robredo earlier said before he perished in a plane crash in Masbate that several mayors and other high local government officials in Agusan del Sur were being investigated for their alleged links to illegal logging.     The Manobo tribe … Continue reading Illegal loggers continue rape of Caraga tribal reservation

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Amantes mourn death of DILG Sec. Robredo

By Robert E. Roperos  BUTUAN CITY — Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante and Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr have extended their condolences to the family of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.     Gov. Amante said Robredo is a big loss to the country as he is one of the most dynamic secretaries the country has ever had.     Amante also said Robredo has reached out to local government units in an effort to implement reforms in the government in line with the flagship program of the Aquino administration, particularly in implementing transparency and accountability … Continue reading Amantes mourn death of DILG Sec. Robredo

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