TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- In their efforts to effect strict implementation of Presidential Decree (PD) 705, police arrested four men allegedly transporting illegally logged wood in Aglipay, Quirino province on Thursday, March 01.
Cagayan Valley Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino said the suspects were farmer Moreno Baloc, 37, from Barangay Pinaripad Norte, Aglipay, Quirino; Sheldan Antolin, 23; Amer Arucan, 23, and Aries Arucan, 31, – all residents of Pinaripad Sur, Aglipay, Quirino.
In a press release, Espino said that joint force of Aglipay Police Station and Quirino Provincial Maneuver Force Company (QPMFC) led by Police Chief Inspector Ernesto Duque apprehended the suspects in Barangay Palacian, said town.
In the release, Aglipay Police Station received a report from an anonymous person, prior to the arrest, through operatives of Quirino PFMC that a suspicious white van was seen traveling along the National Highway in Barangay Victoria, said town.
The team then went to Palacian and flagged down the said vehicle. This resulted to the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of “illegally” sawed and cut lumbers with an estimated aggregate volume of 600 board feet.
The suspects were brought to the Aglipay Police Station and are to face charges for violating PD No. 705, otherwise known as the Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, on Friday, February 23, combined force of Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) of the Provincial Government, Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (PNREO) Task Force Kalikasan, and Peñablanca Police recovered around 4,000 board feet of lumber in Sitio Dasilig, Barangay Quibal, Peñablanca, Cagayan.
Police said the contraband wood were said to be abandoned after suspects heard of the operation.
On Sunday, February 25, Police Regional Intelligence Division, Provincial Intelligence Branch, Isabela Police Provincial Office, and Benito Soliven Police arrested a man driving a green 6×6 truck loaded with contraband wood.
The man was unable to provide legal documents, leading authorities to confiscate the wood. The pieces of wood measured 1,300 board feet in total.
All suspects are set to face a cases for violating PD 705.
Meanwhile, Espino said the ‘Valley Cops’ is continuously supporting the government’s forest protection drive for the next generation through strict implementation of the forestry law in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Ang nasabing operational accomplishment ay patunay lamang na ang PRO2 ay seryoso sa kampanya kontra illegal logging,” Espino said in a press release.
“Dahil hindi lamang paghuli sa mga criminal ang trabaho namin sa PNP kundi tungkulin din naming pangalagaan at protektahan ang ating kalikasan para sa susunod pang henerasyon,” he added. Northernforum.net