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Police arrest illegal loggers, seize P130,000 worth lumber
by PRO-Cor release

HOT LUMBER -- Seven illegal loggers were caught red handed by the government authorities along with P130,000 worth lumber being cut to various sizes at Sitio Carallan, Barangay Luyon in Luna, Apayao on March 7. Illegal logging is still rampant in different parts of the region despite the government’s nationwide ban on logging. -- Contributed photo

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera arrested seven illegal loggers and confiscated more than P130,000 worth of assorted illegally sawn lumber.

Personnel of Luna Municipal Police Station together with barangay officials arrested seven illegal loggers in the act of sawing and resizing Tanguili Red Lawan in Carallan, Barangay Luyon, Luna, Apayao on March 7.

The suspects were identified as Lorenzo Tenorio Espiritu, 48; Roger Guerrero Cotillon, 38; Rey Orus Mina, 26; June-June Orus Mina, 19; Robert Curitug Atabay; Michael Maluom Atabay, 28; and Ryan Pedronan Paligat, 20, all residents of Pamplona, Cagayan.

Authorities confiscated 1,126.63 board feet of lumber worth P22,532.6 and two units of unregistered chainsaws.

The suspects are now facing charges for violation of PD 705 or the Revised Forestry Code and RA 9175 known as the Chainsaw Act of 2002.

The anti-Illegal logging drive of Ifugao and Benguet Police Provincial Office and members of the Philippine Army and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources also resulted in the confiscation of assorted lumber with a total volume of 4,069.66 board feet worth P133,265.48. 

On March 1, 130 board feet worth P4,550 was hauled at Barangay Binablayan, Tinoc, Ifugao while 81 pieces of assorted sawn Lawan lumber with a volume of 600 board feet worth P25,200 was confiscated at Lower Awayan, Aguinaldo, Ifugao on March 2.

On March 5, 700 board feet of gmelina worth P24,500 was confiscated at Sitio Tannibung, Pindongan, Kiangan, Ifugao and 91.66 board feet worth P2,566.48 was confiscated at Yabyaban, Dalipey, Bakun, Benguet.

On March 6, 142 abandoned flitches of gmelina with a volume of 2,548 board feet worth P76,449 were confiscated at Sitio Bangguil, Posnaan, Aguinaldo, Ifugao.

The logs were hauled by the concerned operating units for proper documentation before these were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local environment and natural resources offices.


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