Raphael Cervantez arrested for killing mangroves, corals to build subdivision in Palawan


Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) together with National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Raphael Cervantes the man behind the killings of thousands of mangrove and corals to build a subdivision in Puerto Princesa Palawan.



Cervantez was arrested with the help of NBI and AFP Western Command under Lt. General Raul del Rosario and Undersecretary Art.

Despite of the documents showed by Cervantez, DENR said that it’s still not enough to allow them to build a property in a government protected area.

According to DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, the mangroves were protected by law and a government property.



Government protected mangroves were killed for the planned building of subdivision in Puerto Princesa Palawan Photo: Secretary Gina Lopez

She even mentioned the PNP Provincial Director Ruben Sarmiento for coddling the group of Cervantez and trying to resist the operation of NBI and DENR.

The DENR already removed the fences and other structures found in the mangrove reserve and Secretary Lopez became more sad when she saw the corpses of mangroves and corals that became the foundation for the subdivision.

“We found corpses of mangroves and corals piled up as a foundation for the subdivision they were building! This is unacceptable!!” Secretary Gina Lopez wrote in her post.

Cervantez may face life in prison if he was proven guilty on what he did to the environment.






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