Quirino forester gunned down just after New Year revelry



DIFFUN, Quirino—A 59-year-old forester died on the spot on January 1 at 12:30 a.m., when he was gunned down with an armalite rifle by still unidentified men as he was trying to prevent the entry of a wood-loaded truck at a checkpoint in Barangay (village) San Pedro in Maddela, Quirino, sketchy reports from local police and environment officials, said.

Alfredo Almueda, community environment and natural resources officer based in Nagtipunan, Quirino and former officer-in-charge of the provincial environment and natural resources office in Isabela, was met with a volley of gunfire when he rushed to the checkpoint after getting a text message from his subordinates that a wood-loaded truck was going to be sneaked outside his area, reports stated.

Maddela, a far-flung town in Quirino province is one of the areas covered under the community environment jurisdiction of the office of Almueda.

Environment Regional Executive Director Benjamin Tumaliuan, who was distraught with the news, was waiting for further developments from the investigation of the police as he declined to immediately comment on the killing.

There were reports that Environment Secretary Ramon Paje had been informed that Almueda and his men went to the checkpoint after the forester received the text message about the contraband wood.

“CENRO Almueda is the top-performing community environment officer in Cagayan Valley region from 2010 to 2012 so his work ethic is above par,” Tumaliuan said.

Forester Mindo Aquino, Isabela coordinator for National Greening Program, described Almueda as friendly, result-oriented, energetic and driving force for his subordinates.

“Apparently, the gunmen escaped unscathed as the villagers are busy celebrating the onset of 2013,” Aquino added.

Almueda’s killing was “saddening,” according to Aquino, as the death of 47-year-old lady forester Melania Dirain on Feb. 7, 2012, in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, was less than a year ago. Dirain was earlier posthumously feted by the Civil Service Commission for her courage in environmental protection.

Tumaliuan and three other regional environment officers reactivated the inter-region task force as they strengthened anti-illegal logging activities in Cagayan Valley, Southern Tagalog, Cordillera Administrative Region and Ilocos Region. They established checkpoints along the tri-boundaries in the said regions.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • robert000001


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    madaganan sana ang mga hinayupak na loggers na to at mamamatay tao ng mga malalaking punong pinutol.  mapitpit sana mga katawan nila pero dahan dahan silang matigok para maramdaman nila sakit ng unti unting pinapatay. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Baka may alam ka dito Manong Johnny
    o kaya si Jackie?
    Magpakitang gilas naman kayo!

  • robert000001

    This is not a first time. It pains me to know that government foresters often die in the line of duty, perhaps for naught – not even stirring our collective national conscience. In a few years, weeks, or days from now, this killing will simply be forgotten and Mr. Alfredo Almueda will be a just a name ticked off in the list of necessary casualties to satiate the greed of a few. News like this should rouse national anger and compel action. As a people, I think we’ve become too numb to even feel the significance of this brazen deed.

  • LucianoChing

    Why don’t the gov’t. form a combat-trained ” forest rangers” with substantial number of members,allocate substantial funds and spread them out in the forests to guard our remaining trees..These forest rangers,while on guard,will at the same time reforest our bald mountains.
    Every year,due to massive illegal logging,our country incurs billions of pesos in damages brought about by our denuded forests,not to include thousands of lives lost due to floods/flasfloods.
    Again,many of us donot believe that this idea hasn’t catch any of our legislators’ mind..
    On the other hand,we believe that many of our legislators won’t dare sponsor a bill to this effect,precisely because many of them,we believe, are the illegal loggers and or protectors of illegal logging…
    Sincerity is one trait that is very much wanting in governance…Many intellectuals can always afford to play dumb,or be tagged as dumbs in exchange for free-flowing money…
    To these intellectuals,it’s more FUNDS in the Philippines,as always and as usual..their generation is infinite!!!!!

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Take the problem at the roots, 
      jail the Trapos and high officials, 

      they are at the source of every problem

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJOFYTVGJCOMIR7WTYXU4CLVCE Ariel

    Another forester bites the dust and how many more to follow before the government will take bolder and concrete steps to stop illegal logging?   Sec. Paje Sir, baka mauubos na yong mga tauhan nyo talamak pa rin ang illegal logging sa bansa natin!

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos