“I will apologize, I am very sorry,” Intramuros Administration Chief Maria Ana Harper told the Agence France-Presse today in an apparent bid to save her skin over the gruesome massacre of 29 (I counted only 10-20 in my earlier post) decades old trees in front of the Manila Cathedral.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently slapped the Intramuros Administrator threatening administrative and/or criminal charges against her.
The DENR said the trees that were felled include 17 “non-premium trees” (nine neem, six mangoes, one langka and one atis), 10 “premium trees” (eight narra and two mahogany), an Indian tree and a Fire tree.
Harper, the DENR added, could face jail time of not less than six months to two years and a fine of up to P5, 000.
I wish Admin. Harper good luck. At least, she now has the opportunity to defend herself on charges that she’s a ‘tree killer’.
On a separate note, days before she drew heavy fire for the tree cutting issue, the IA chief was already in hot water for allegedly threatening to dismiss casual employees of the Intramuros Administration only because they joined a rally.
The Intramuros Administration Casual Employees Association (IA-CEA) castigated Harper for violating Civil Service Rules. They also complained of not receiving their salaries and other benefits for two months already.
“We believe Ms. Harper has something to do with this,” said Rolando Salcedo, President of the IA-CEA.