Mindanao Times

Forest rangers seek justice for slain co-worker


MANILA -- Co-workers of a slain forest ranger in El Nido, Palawan are seeking justice for his murder, asking authoritie­s to capture his killers who were allegedly illegal loggers.

Bienvinido “Toto” Veguilla Jr.’s friends have taken to social media their grief on the loss of the team leader of the law enforcemen­t team of El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (ENTMRPA).

Ludybeth Nangkil, forMANILA

mer legal counsel for Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources (DENR) in El Nido-Taytay, attested to Veguilla’s dedication to work as posted on a video shared on Facebook.

“I have seen your love and dedication to your work. Big salute to you for the time and bravery you have given to protect nature,” she said.

Some of them also started raising the bounty for the capture of his killers.

Edgardo Galeon, in a comment on Facebook, urged DENR- Mimaropa to post their contact number and bank details so people who want to help can deposit their donations.

“Marami ng biktima mula pa noon nasa Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) kami. Dapat magkaisa tayo. Huwag patulog tulog (There have been many victims already when I was still in Region 9. We should unite. We should not be complacent),” he added.

Another co-worker, Ernesto Diso also voice out his sentiment, saying Veguilla’s death is another wake-up call.

“During my K4 stint, I have been lobbying for the grant of hazard pay, insurance, and protective equipment for our forest rangers and also other field personnel involved in forest protection,” he said.

In a palawan-news. com report, Veguilla was hacked to death on Wednesday afternoon by a group of unidentifi­ed illegal loggers whose chainsaw were earlier confiscate­d by the group of Veguilla.

DENR-Mimaropa regional executive director Henry Adornado said Veguilla’s team was on regular monitoring patrol in the area of Sitio Kinawagan, Barangay Pasadeña when his group encountere­d the illegal loggers, accosted them, and confiscate­d their chainsaw.

“Noong pauwi na sila, along the way may nadaanan silang mga nag-chachainsa­w, nagpo-power saw na mgatimber poachers so hinuli nila. Dinala nila ‘yong power saw (On their way home, they caught men cutting timbers with a power saw. They confiscate­d the power saw),‘ Adornado said in the interview.

Adornado said on their way back, the group of illegal loggers ran after Veguilla’s team that fled from the area.

However, the suspects were able to catch up with Veguilla and hacked him on the back and on the head.

An initial report filed by the El Nido police identified a certain Cardo Fulgencio as one of the six possible suspects.

Authoritie­s are still investigat­ing the case. (PNA)

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