DENR to intensify drive vs. environment law offenders after worker's death

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23)— The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has vowed to intensify its drive against “offenders” as another one of its employees gets killed.

Joash Peregrino, a special investigator at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Surigao del Sur was gunned down by unidentified suspects near the DENR office in Bislig City on Thursday.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the agency will continue to fulfill its mandate to protect the country’s natural resources—as well as the people preserving them.

“Though our intensified actions against violators of environmental laws are taking a toll on our people, we will not relent,” Cimatu said in a statement Saturday.

According to DENR, Peregrino had been handling numerous land conflict cases.

He was the fourth environmental worker to be killed in two months, the department noted.

In September, a forest ranger and a DENR informant were killed in separate incidents in Palawan and Nueva Ecija.

Another forest ranger was also shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Nueva Ecija in October.