Gina Lopez of DENR arrests Palawan businessman who killed hundreds of mangroves to build a subdivision

DENR Secretary Lopez on Facebook announced the successful arrests of a businessman for environmental sabotage in Palawan.

According to Sec. Gina Lopez, the DENR team accompanied by the NBI and AFP Western Command under Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario.

A certain Usec Art has arrested Rafael Cervantes and his men for killing mangroves in an attempt to build a subdivision.

“Our team has removed installed fences and other structures found within the perimeter including at least 100 houses,” Sec. Lopez said.

Lopez called out PNP provincial director Ruben Sarmiento for resisting our operations and coddling Cervantes and his group!

“Super mega thanks to PH Marines 1st Lt. Edgar Ardamoy and 1st Lt. Jef Tiburcio,” Lopez made special mention of two gentlemen from the Marines.

Lopez remarked that what her DENR team discovered is unacceptable.

“We found corpses of mangroves and corals piled up as a foundation for the subdivision they were building!”

If found guilty, Cervantes will be meted with life imprisonment for robbing the government and the environment billions in pesos!

In September 2016, CENRO started the inventory of the mangrove trees in Sitio Barimbing, Barangay San Manuel where Cervantes build his subdivision after residents and the barangay officials reported it to CENRO.

The short guy in white sandwiched by two arresting officers in Rafael Cervantes.

Rafael Cervantes’s men awaits their fate.

Mangroves were killed to give way to Rafael Cervantes’s subdivision.

Meanwhile, netizens applauds Sec. Lopez for defending the environment with such zeal and genuine concern.

Fantastic! I’ve never seen the environment defended with such zeal and genuineness. May the good Lord always cover you Ms. Lopez and all who work with you with His mantle of protection,” Kit Ramos commented.

Excellent job, Sec. Lopez! You have proven once again that NON-PARTISAN POLITICS IS POSSIBLE for those who are TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS! You’re one of the best, if not THE BEST choice of Pres. Duterte as a cabinet secretary!” Roms Solicar praised Lopez. 

“‘Good Job Ms Gina Lopez this people should be in jail they are worst than criminals, ….protect the environment,” Dexter Concepcion wrote.

“At last our country has finally found a DENR sec. who is incorruptible, brave enough to engage war against all these culprits capitalist who get rich by slaughtering our natural resources,” Florida Pilotos commented.

As of Wednesday evening, the post has gathered 6,555 shares, 14,979 reactions and 1,433 comments.

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