Colleagues fear slay of tree marker in Agusan Sur is work-related

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – Workers at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Agusan del Sur have expressed fears the killing last week of Jaime Diyes, a tree marker, is  work-related.

Diyes, 46, was shot dead inside his house in Purok 14, Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan City at around 5:30 p.m. on February 23.

Diyes expired at the  Bayugan Medical Hospital.

“ Jaime was about to have his coffee when the suspect suddenly rushed inside the house then shot the victim several times,” SPO1 Melvin Dansanan, investigator of the Bayugan City Police Office, said.

Am employee of the forest management office of the DENR who requested not to be named said the incident has raised concern among themselves.

“ We cannot deny the fact that his death might be work-related and that the people behind the killing would do the same thing again,” the employee said.

The Bayugan City Police said there is an ongoing manhunt for the perpetrator.

Several incidents of  harassment have been reported by DENR employees during fieldwork in 2011, the employee said.

On January 15, 2011, Forest Guard Jacinto Dragas was gunned down by three unidentified men in his house in Bislig City. (Erwin Mascarinas/MindaNews)