A truck filled with an estimated 3,000 board feet of illegally-cut lumber, all from tree species banned from logging was intercepted by police in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur, police said.
Chief Supt. Noli Romana, Caraga police director, said an Isuzu Wing Van truck loaded with undocumented narra, magcuno or iron wood and kamagong lumber of assorted sizes were about to be slipped out of the province of Surigao del Sur to Butuan and Davao when intercepted around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by policemen conducting mobile patrol.
Romana said the truck driver and four other helpers were arrested after they failed to present the necessary permits for their cargo from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The arrested suspects, whose identities were being withheld pending the arrest of their financiers were brought to the police station for documentation and filing of charges for violating PD No. 705, otherwise known as the Forestry Code of the Philippines, he said.
The seized lumber were turned over at the DENR local office for proper disposition.
Romana urged Caraganons to adhere to environmental laws and help the authorities in preserving the region’s remaining forest cover. By CLC