5 arrested for illegal cutting and transport of lumber

5 arrested for illegal cutting and transport of lumber

CAMP DANGWA, Benguet — Five persons were arrested in a span of five days for illegally cutting and transporting lumber in La Trinidad and Tublay towns this province.

In a report released to the media on Friday, Police Regional Office Cordillera (Procor) Regional Director Rolando Nana said a total of 3,669 board feet of illegally sawn wood were seized in different operations from May 28 to June 10. Also brought to the custody of the police was a chain saw.

The confiscated items valued at PHP112,430 were taken from Rodan Aligan Palista, 30; Junior Alibio Aligan, 41; Jurdan Lino Pontino, 41, all residents of Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet; and Melvin Orfiano Marcelino, 20, of Bahong, La Trinidad, Benguet; during an operation of the local police on June 10 in Bahong, La Trinidad.

Also arrested on June 6 by the Tublay municipal police was Arthur Awal Canite, 50, also a resident of Ambassador, in a check point at barangay Caponga for illegally transporting lumber.

The seized forest products were brought to the custody of the arresting police units, and the suspects were charged for violation of the Forestry law. Pamela Mariz Geminiano/PNA-northboundasia.com