[In the news] Congress to probe SM-Baguio mall expansion | Sun.Star

Congress to probe SM-Baguio mall expansion | Sun.Star.

By JM Agreda

February 4, 2012

KABATAAN party-list Representative Raymond Palatino recently asked his colleagues to investigate the proposed mall expansion along Luneta Hill set to be implemented soon.

Palatino claimed he is against any cutting or uprooting of some 182 trees in the Luneta Hill property to give way to a seven-storey mall expansion.

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The lawmaker recently filed House Resolution 2069 directing the House Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Ecology to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the legality and propriety of the permit granted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allowing the cutting and earth-balling of trees.

The resolution also directs the DENR to immediately suspend the clearance and permit granted to SM Development Corporation (SMDC).

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