Environment lawyer's family, pals decry death rumors

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) — Family members and friends of lawyer Manuel R. Ravanera are angry over text messages being passed around that the environment lawyer is dead.

Text messages have been circulating that Ravanera, a former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Misamis Oriental Chapter had died after suffering a stroke last Nov. 26 this year.

His brother, Regional Director Orlando R. Ravanera of the Cooperative Development Authority said that whoever spread the rumors “should stop it as it is hurting the family.”

“We understand that in the course of his various advocacies and practice as a lawyer, Maning has displeased many people, but for these people to sow intrigues that my brother is dead is very foul and uncouth,” the lawyer’s brother said.

Atty. Ravanera suffered from a stroke last Nov. 26 and was unconscious for almost 48 hours.

His only daughter, lawyer Ilya Kristine Ravanera said that they are very thankful that despite the grave condition of his father, he is responding very well to medication and has in fact been discharged from the intensive care unit of the Capitol University Medical Center and is now recuperating in one of the hospital’s private rooms.

Lawyer Abraham Olegario said that “Ningravs is now recuperating in a private room with a very good view of Macajalar Bay, the bay that he passionately helped protect from environmental criminals.”

Ravanera is the chairperson of the environment coalition Task Force Macajalar (TFM).

TFM has been in the forefront of the campaign against illegal fishing and industrial pollution in Macajalar Bay and in stopping logging in the critical watersheds of Cagayan de Oro and Lake Lanao. (BenCyrus G. Ellorin/MindaNews)