TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Authorities arrested five suspects including a local businessman for transporting alleged illegally-cut forest products, in separate operations in Cagayan and Isabela.
On Sunday afternoon, April 8, intelligence operatives of Baggao Police seized undetermined number of raw-cut forest products from an assembled weapon carrier in Sitio Ragarag, Baggao, Cagayan.
In a report, police said they flagged down the vehicle as they were monitoring at the said sitio where alleged illegal logging activities have been reported.
The said forest products were allegedly owned by a local cooperative in Tanglagan, Gattaran.
Police arrested Jackson Duldulao, 29, owner of the said coop, after failing to show any document to transport the products. Duldulao was headed to Santa Margarita, Baggao, when he was intercepted.
Duldulao and the undocumented raw cut forest product were brought to Baggao Police station.
Meanwhile, days earlier, Police caught four suspects in San Guillermo, Isabela, for “illegally transporting” hardwood.
They were Jimmy Quilang, 20, Pablo Quilang, 46, Salvador Gazzingan, 55, and Aries Areola, 18, – all farmers and residents of Buenavista, Angadanan, Isabela. The suspects failed to present any documents.
After receiving tip on phone on Wednesday, April 4, police flagged down an elf truck loaded with undetermined numbers of assorted common hardwoods and narra flitches. The products were partially covered with four big stereo, police said.
The seized products were brought to San Guillermo Police Station for investigation and proper disposition. Suspects are set to face charges.
Meanwhile on Monday, April 9, Camalaniugan Police and Regional Mobile Force Battalion 203rd at Magapit, Lallo, Cagayan recovered 36 pieces of abandoned round logs near the riverbank at Alilinu, Camalaniugan, Cagayan.
A week earlier, police also recovered 30 pieces of abandoned sawn lumbers in Barangay San Jose Norte 01, Mallig, Isabela. The lumbers were in different sizes, with some being over 240 board feet of common softwood flitches.
Cagayan Valley Policel Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino said attributed the accomplishment to the citizen’s active participation in the maintenance of peace and order and environment protection through on time reporting.
“We are giving our all-out support on the government’s forest protection drive to ensure a better future for our children and the next generation as well through strict implementation of Presidential Decree 705,” Espino said. Northernforum.net