Some mayors are allegedly involved in illegal logging and mining in their towns, the Department of the Interior and Local Government disclosed as the agency ordered a crackdown on violators of environmental regulations.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said there were cases wherein mayors either directly or indirectly benefited from illegal mining and logging.
Referring to the illegal activities partly blamed for recent massive flooding, Año said, “There were instances like that, but not all (mayors). There are those who aren’t directly involved, but they know of their existence.”
Catastrophic flooding, landslides and other calamities spawned by the recent typhoons have again directed government attention to illegal logging, mining and other activities that violate environmental regulations as they have been blamed for major damage and casualties.
Año did not say what the government would do about the alleged hand of local officials in the illegal activities.