Emmanuel Ansihagan, indigenous leader and jorunalist by the radio station dxRS, disappeared after he went to the police to report that he was being threatened after exposing about the unabated illegal logging operations in Misamis Oriental province.
GMA News reported that one of the text messages sent to Ansihagan read: "Hununga imo pakigbisog batok logging ug mining basin baya mapareha ka sa mga gipangpatay nga tribal datu. (Stop your struggle against logging and mining or end up like the other tribal leaders who were killed)." Ansihagan reported that somebody has been following him and that he has been receiving threats almost every day because of his reports about illegal logging and mining activities in his radio program Barog Mindanao."
Ansihagan said because of the threats to his life, he was forced to discontinue his radio program. He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources failed to put a stop to the illegal activities, particularly in areas where there are indigenous tribes. A fellow radio broadcaster, Arecio Padrigao, was already killed in November 2008 because of his staunch anti-illegal logging advocacy and criticism of the police and environment officials over their failure to put a stop on the nefarious activities.
Also one of Ansihagan's relative, Datu Berting Pinagawa, was murdered on Christmas Eve last year in Gingoog City after two motorcycle gunmen shot him. Pinagawa also headed an anti-illegal logging group and criticized local officials for allegedly coddling the illegal loggers.