Then, without missing a beat, he answers: "Because it is one of the best ways for us to save the forests and produce income for campesinos." Explaining that part of Calakmul's environmental deterioration lies with farming practices by nonnative residents unfamiliar with how to extract income from the region's harsh terrain - cattle farming, for example - Acopa is realistic: They cannot outlaw cattle farming, he says, although they can promote smaller holdings, say of ten to fifteen cattle, with the water that they can make available.
"If we don't promote development in the area, we can't protect it." For his part, former director Acopa says: "There is no reserve like Calakmul anywhere in Mexico, or Latin America for that matter.
Chief Insp Gideon Ines Jr., Makati police assistant chief of police for operations (ACOPA
), identified the suspect as Jairo Ruiz Ibanez, 36, a tenant at Makati Prime Tower Suites in Barangay Poblacion, Makati.