Mayor faces raps for cutting 245 coconut trees

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 11 2018 02:42 PM

MANILA - The mayor of Caluya, Antique is facing charges of graft and violation of the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995 after ordering the cutting of around 245 coconut trees planted on a five-hectare lot in Barangay Tinogboc, Caluya town in 2014.

In the information filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan, Caluya Mayor Genevieve Lim-Reyes is accused of ordering the clearing of the plantation “without the prior and required permit to cut the said coconut trees from the Philippine Coconut Authority.”

The trees were planted on a lot occupied by Juliet Ramos, who also stands as one of the witnesses in the cases filed by the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman recommended the payment of P42,000 bail.