LAVEZARES, Northern Samar – About five men from this town were detained and facing charges for illegally cutting coconut lumbers.
The suspects, Mario Singler, Ruben Mauno, Albert Permas, Fernando Banjawan and Domingo Gega were arrested by the members of the local police led by provincial director, in an officer-in-charge capacity, S/Supt. Felix Diloy, while transporting the illegally sewn lumbers.
Seized from the suspects were 157 pieces of illegally cut coconut lumbers with an estimated value of P16,200.
It was learned that the suspects failed to produce a document allowing them to cut and transport the seized items.
The hot items were delivered to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for safe keeping and evidence against the suspects.
The elf truck, used by the suspects as their delivery vehicle, was also confiscated by the local police during the September 3 incident.
The suspects were arrested in Barangay Libis, this town.
They will be charged for violation of Republic Act 10593, otherwise known as the ‘Regulation of the Cutting of Trees.’ (PR)