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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Feb 09, 2020

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

Last January 24, 2020, PNNI lost one of its community para-enforcers in a suspicious motorcycle accident in the dead of the night. Dado Crael, the outspoken successor of previously murdered PNNI para-enforcer Nestor Lubas in Panalingahan, Rizal, Palawan was on his way home from a drinking session with friends when he allegedly hit another motorcycle and crashed to his death. PNNI has already requested for an investigation owing to the circumstances of the death where the other driver comes out unscathed and the head injuries of Crael were at the back of the head. The incident also conveniently comes after Crael and his team recently seized a notorious top down illegal logging tricycle last January 2, 2020, from a rubber plantation in the forests of Punta Baja, Rizal, Palawan. Please join us in offering prayers for his soul and the family he left behind. Yours in Christ

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Dec 28, 2019

TWO LESS LONELY CHAINSAWS removed from our forests. We thank all of you who have given to our cause. Your funds have allowed us to patrol the Victoria-Anepahan mountain range in Central Palawan where our paraenforcers were able to confiscate two chainsaws on separate occassions. These were in the process of logging for the endangered ironwood or Mankono. From the DENR statistics, one chainsaw can cut 20 forest trees a day. Imagine if these two were allowed to operate freely 'til this day on to the new year. We are grateful for your help to keep our forests in tact. Salamat (thank you).

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Dec 11, 2019

VICTORIA-ANEPAHAN mountain range (VAMR) in Palawan was again the target of illegal loggers. PNNI para-enforcers caught 2 chainsaws in Bgy. Urduja, Narra, well within the VAMR area. The loggers were caught felling the most coveted Mankono or iron wood. The area is noticeably being cleared for another plantation for rubber and tropical fruits. VAMR is presently the showcase of the Palawan Counsil for Sustainable Development (PCSD) for biodiversity research but PNNI has warned that meetings and workshops do little to stop logging in the area. It is also important to question who is promoting rubber and plantations incongruent to a Last Frontier.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Nov 23, 2019

IF YOU BUILD IT, He will come. PNNI has recently moved to BM road, in purok masipag, barangay San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. We'd like to thank all our donors and friends who tried to maintain our stay in the old office but it was still difficult to produce rent even with the place being of sentimental value to our para-enforcers. But quite recently, we have been witness to little miracles. DENR helped us move; City Water Districted bore our septic tank; and our community POs erected our native Cathedral in just 3 days, just as Jesus said of his temple. Our new office is an epiphany of hope. It has no water; no electricity; and no internet. But it is full of possibilities and character. And a lot of confiscated items from logging, mining, and illegal fishing. Visit us when you're in Palawan. And help us guard the Last Frontier. Yours in Christ!

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Nov 03, 2019

A not so SMART-SEAS program by the National Government, PCSD, and the Provincial Government. This multi-million peso project did more damage than good and was a waste of good government money simply for the time immemorial reason of its failure to involve civil society in its decision-making body. PNNI, who has criticized this project as spending too much on research and mapping of MPAs than on enforcement activities, evenly cautioned its execom that its livelihood direction was unregulated and unsound. Without any enforcement activity, fisherfolk wantonly harvested corals to catch lobsters to meet a booming tourist economy. No violators have been caught; no CDO issued; and no more corals in Espanola. Sigh.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 28, 2019

After visiting remote areas of the province, PNNI discovered that there is a substantial NO vote to the division of the province. The problem is that communities are fragmented and afraid. They do not see enough leaders in civil society openly campaigning for a NO vote and are thus easily forced to take rice benefits for a YES vote. PNNI is calling on civil society leaders to start proclaiming in public the advocacy of a NO vote instead of trying to promote their cause through social media. It is also recommended to be visible outside Puerto Princesa City, in areas of the poorest of the poor.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 15, 2019

PNNI para-enforcers return to the forests of Calasaguen, Brooke's Point to monitor the area where they were able to catch a chainsaw last year, clearing forests for a plantation. To their surprise, the area is still being cleared this time for charcoal-making and then plantations for coffee, cacao, and other fruit bearing trees. The area is inside Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape and was previously reported by PNNI to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) a year ago. The report has gone unattended obviously and raises doubt on how PCSD can spend lavishly for its upcoming anniversary when logging is rampant with no PCSD personnel in the forests.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 08, 2019

NOT ONE BUT TWO chainsaws were confiscated by PNNI para-enforcers in the forests on Bgy. Maasin, Quezon, Palawan. The area is inside the Victoria-Anepahan Mountain Range or VAMR area that the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development is currently studying for research and holding extensive networking meetings on how to best protect and conserve. PNNI has continually reminded PCSD that the solution is an enforcement program and not meetings and research that do little to address actual logging in the area. This operation was reportedly a kilometer away from a rubber plantation that used to be forests, converted allegedly for expansion. The rise of plantations can be attributed to a wrongful Co-Mgt MOA by the DENR with the governor. It is now the product of an INRMP management plan of PCSD that promotes plantations.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 02, 2019

A petition from the Molbog indigenous peoples of Balabac reached PNNI regarding the land grabbing activities of Governor Alvarez in Barangays Ramos and Catagupan, Balabac, Palawan. The tribal people allege that the governor is involved in the buying and selling of their ancestral lands for real estate ventures and airport development. Palawan's poor are slowly feeling the effects of the previous vote-buying activities of the governor. No Division. No Dynasty!

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Sep 29, 2019

Berong Nickel Corporation had been suspended since June 2016 for negligently dumping laterite in the rivers and sea of Quezon, Palawan. Found to have inadequate and incorrect siltation ponds then, BNC sudddenly operates under the radar without any notice to civil society and PNNI who sits at the MMT and MRFC monitoring the mining company. It turns out that as early as November 2018, the Mines & Geosciences Board stealthily lifted the suspension without giving notice nor copies of the lifting to PNNI. The same was only discovered by PNNI last month. Why has BNC been allowed to operate when it already has numerous NOVs (notice of violations). But perhaps the bigger question is why was it allowed to operate in the first place when anyone can see just by looking at the drone shot, that the area is in old growth forests.

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