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PRES. DUTERTE ORDERS DENR TO STOP ZAMBOANGA LOGGING

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By Manny Piñol

An angry President Rody Duterte tonight directed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to immediately issue a closure order on the logging operations of the SODACO Agricultural Corp. in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

SODACO holds a 60,000-hectare concession under the Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) of the Dept. Of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and is blamed for the flash floods and mudslides which killed dozens of people and damaged agricultural lands in four towns of Zamboanga del Norte Dec. 22 at the height of Typhoon Vinta.

Pres. Duterte issued the order to Sec. Cimatu following a report I made during the Cabinet meeting today which stretched from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Roy, ipasara mo yan. Hindi naman maghihirap yan si Consunji kasi Oligarch na yan,” the President told the DENR Secretary.

Pres. Duterte directed Sec. Cimatu to proceed to the area to implement the closure order.

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