In Sarangani, officials raised howl when the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released a vessel full of logs allegedly from Baganga (in Davao Oriental?) today.
Why did the DENR release the vessel hastily when the police have questioned the papers of the cargo? Local officials in the town of Glan, Sarangani howled at the release of the
earlier seized by Maritime police, according to the Sarangani provincial information office (PIO).
The ocean-going vessel M/V Edago Expedition left the port in Glan at 1
a.m. this morning after the DENR issued papers clearing the ship to
sail, according to the PIO. At 1a.m.? They must have hurried indeed to run away from something.
Isn’t the DENR supposed to be at the forefront of watching out for these shipments? There is “legal logging” in Davao Oriental and in the Caraga provinces, I think that is public knowledge.
But is it also true that Mindanao ports, like that in Glan, are made as transhipment ports for logs cut from Papua New Guinea? The list of questions goes on … its a long one. Watch out for updates on this post.