Navy seizes 38,000 board feet of illegally cut lumber off Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 September 2011 17:23

JOLO, Sulu – A navy vessel, BRP Jose Loor Jr.(PG390), has apprehended a motor launch vessel off Alomatagnipa, Indanan, Sulu and confiscated a total of 28,000 board feet of undocumented assorted sawn lumber (lumbayaw).

According to a Navy report, while PG390, led by Lt. Leo Amor Vidal was conducting routine patrol off Silangon, Indanan, the personnel aboard spotted and intercepted a suspicious watercraft steaming near the shoreline of said municipality.  As a standing operating procedure (SOP) in the conduct of maritime law enforcement, personnel of PG390 conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) to the watercraft.

Based on initial investigation, the vessel is owned by a Abdul Yamin Hadjula of Dungong, Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi with seven crew and four passengers onboard. 
The watercraft was escorted by another navy vessel, BRP Dioscoro Papa (PG381) to Jolo Pier for further investigation. 

Engineer Frazer Abdurahman, representative from CENRO-DENR Jolo, has coordinated with Cdr. Lagasca, commander of Naval task Group Sulu, for the turnover of said logs to proper authorities, and filing of appropriate charges against the owner of the illegally sawn lumbers.

Rear Admiral Armando L Guzman, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said that the apprehension of illegal cut lumber is part of their campaign to curve all illegal activities involving deforestation in his area of responsibility in observance of the directive of President Aquino on the preservation of natural resources particularly, the forest.