The Philippine government has voiced outrage at "ruthless" illegal loggers intent on defying a nationwide ban on destroying forests, following the New Year's Day murder of an environment officer.
Farmers work on a rainforest turned field on the flank of a hill in the northern province of Samneua, Laos on April 5, 2008. The Philippine government voiced outrage at "ruthless" illegal loggers following the New Year's Day murder of an environment officer.
Two unidentified men armed with M-16 rifles shot environment department officer Alfredo Almueda in the head as he waited at a forest checkpoint to intercept a truck carrying logs on Tuesday, the government said in a statement.
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