SAN ISIDRO,Northern Samar – Six persons have been arrested in an operation against illegal logging launched by the San Isidro Municipal Police Station(MPS) on April 8, 2018 at Barangay Seven Hills, this town.
Police Chief Inspector Antonio P. Montaño identified the suspects as Antonio Meregildo, 50; Catalino Albuera, 42; Ryan Monares, 28; Erlek Dalangpan, 29, and all residents of Brgy. E. Duran Bobon, Northern Samar; Erwin Cajandab, 29 and Richard Abenir, 26, residents of Brgy. Balite and Brgy. Alegria, this town, respectively.
He added that the suspects were caught in flagrante delicto of transporting the illegally sawn lumber while they were conducting mobile patrol in the said barangay.
Catalino Albuera, who was identified as the owner of said lumbers, failed to present permit to transport the items to the authorities.
Recovered from said suspects were 58 pieces of 2x8x12 lawaan or 928 board feet loaded in four motorcycles; one Rusi 150, one Honda 155, one Motoposh 155 and one Rusi 150 color blue, all bearing no plate numbers.
The lumbers have an estimate market value of P27, 840 and brought to San Isidro MPS for documentation and were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper disposition.
Also, suspect will be facing charges for violation of PD 705 or the Forestry Act.
Meanwhile, S/Supt. Romeo P. Campomanes lauded the efforts San Isidro MPS for seriously taking into account the implementation of environmental laws. (PR)