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Scientists seek Mt. Cleopatra protection

LAST FRONTIER  Batak tribesmen guide wildlife experts on their trek to the peak of Mt. Cleopatra, part of an intact forest land sprawling over some 30,000 hectares on the northern edge of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Scientists and conservationists have called on the government to declare Cleopatra a national park because of its varied ecosystems and habitats for endangered and threatened species.  JONAH VAN BEIJNEN/CONTRIBUTOR

For a biologist like Kyra Hoevenaars, who has lived and studied the wildlife and forests of Palawan province for years, Mount Cleopatra is a special place. “Almost everything that you will find there, especially the mammals, they don’t exist anywhere else in the world,” Hoevenaars told the Inquirer.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Alarm raised over Malaysia-Palawan illegal logging trade


The provincial government of Palawan has raised the alarm over the rampant illegal logging trade between Malaysia and this province, noting that Malaysian authorities were allegedly freely allowing illegal logs to enter Malaysia through the town of Kudat in Sabah, which is on the northern tip of Borneo Island.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No interpreters for trial of Chinese in poaching case in Palawan


The trial of nine Chinese nationals charged with poaching marine turtles in the disputed Hasa-Hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) in the Spratlys was postponed for the second time on Tuesday as government prosecutors and the Department of Foreign Affairs failed anew to find an interpreter for the Mandarin-speaking foreign defendants.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

School kids receive letters from soldiers in loneliest outpost


What do soldiers in the country’s loneliest outpost do to kill time? They write letters to schoolchildren. The BRP Sierra Madre, a rusting former naval supply ship marooned on the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), shelters a handful of Marines as the country’s first line of defense against China’s bold thrust to take control of the entire South China Sea.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Recall petition filed vs Puerto Princesa mayor

RESIDENTS hold up placards calling for the recall of Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron as they join the filing of the recall petition in front of the Commission on Elections office in Barangay (village) San Pedro in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province. RICHARD A. REYES

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—A petition seeking to recall incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron was filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here Monday. The petition cited a “breach of trust,” declining tourism activities and a deteriorating peace and order situation as its bases for the recall.   The petitioners, led by Muslim leader Al Babao [...]

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »