Anti-illegal logging operation nets 80 more lumber flitches PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:29

Continuing its crackdown on illegal logging in this city, the government’s newly formed Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force recovered yesterday 80 more flitches of good lumber at a grassland in the vicinity of Barangays Lapakan and Tolosa.

Supt.  William S. Gadayan, commander of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company, said that yesterday’s law enforcement operation against illegal logging was a follow-up operation of last Sunday’s raid in Lapakan and Tolosa where three persons were arrested and 50 flitches of good lumber, one garand rifle, one .38 caliber revolver, five improvised rifles  locally known as ‘boga’ and two power saws were seized.

The operation in Lapakan and Tolosa was led by men of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company under Sr. Insp. Jade Mandi and backed up by personnel of the City Environment and Natural Resources and operatives of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

“We are operating against illegal loggers under the Task force  headed by Philippine Marines Col. Elmer Estilles,” Gadayan said.

Gadayan explained that a case was already filed with the City Prosecutor Office against the three suspected illegal loggers  for violation of Presidential Decree 705  otherwise known as the Forestry Reform  Code of the Philippines.

The two power saws were spotted in plain view, right at the house of the one of the suspects

Another case was filed against the three suspects for violation of  Republic Act 8294 otherwise known as the law against illegal posession of firearms and ammunition. — Allen Abastillas