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Suspected illegal loggers set fire to forest ranger’s home in SurSur; hunt on

Rangers, who spent their time roaming vanishing forests play a crucial role in the government’s effort to curb illegal logging which flourished due involvement of corrupt DENR officials and local politicians. Contributed photo

Unidentified persons attacked and torched the residence of a government forest ranger in Liangga, Surigao del Sur, in yet another attack on rangers trying to stop what the government admits is “rampant” illegal logging across the province.

Charlie Fabre, regional director of Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Caraga, said he was convinced Thursday’s attack on the house of Patrick M. Angelia, a forest ranger assigned with the enforcement section of the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Lianga town was the handiwork of illegal loggers.

Fabre said, Angelia, who figured prominently in several anti-illegal operations had drawn the ire of the shady timber merchants in the area for “confiscating their stolen logs.”

“These timber poachers are trying to get even with the DENR for confiscating their illegal logs,” Fabre said.

Angelia and his family were roused from their sleep at 2 a.m. Thursday when they discovered that their house was already on fire.

They managed to escape unhurt from the raging fire before the burning house was completely razed to the ground.
Caraga police director Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, said a deeper probe was underway and vowed to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice. By CLC

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