Ilahas clears bizman
of tree-cutting claim
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
The businessman son-in-law of Perfecto Marañon who is the executive assistant of Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., has been cleared of alleged involvement in timber-poaching activities at the Northern Negros Natural Park by Task Force Ilahas investigators.
Negros Occidental Board Member Rolando Ponsica had earlier alleged that Albert “Ali” Divino spearheaded the cutting of trees at the forest reserve of Brgy. Marcelo, Calatrava, citing the claims of Jeremias Diotay, the barangay chairman of Marcelo in Calatrava.
However, Diotay, denied having told Ponsica that Divino engaged in timber poaching in the barangay, Chief Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, TFI Action Officer, said in his report to TFI Executive Officer Jose Ma. Valencia.