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Friday, September 5, 2008

Lim orders probe on tree-cutting

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered the City Hall police detachment to conduct an independent investigation of the controversial tree-cutting incident at Plaza Roma in Intramuros.

Sr. Insp. Marcelo Reyes, chief of the investigation and follow-up branch of the District Special Project Unit, said that although the city government recognized that Intramuros was a separate entity, the mayor was concerned about the unnecessary felling of trees, including narra and mahogany, on Aug. 25 by the Intramuros Administration.

The IA, created by Presidential Decree 1616, has jurisdiction over the historic area, also referred to as Walled City.

“Since Intramuros is within the territorial jurisdiction of Manila, the mayor believes we should know something about it. We are still in the process of collating evidence such as the bidding contract and the rehabilitation plan. I have talked to the wife of contractor Fernando Simborio who said they really intended to ball the trees,” Reyes told the Inquirer.

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The painting is by Laura Tasheiko

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