Big volume of illegally-cut lumber seized in 2 hidden lumber yards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 July 2012 14:03

Thousands of board feet of illegally-cut lumber flitches (Narra and other wood species) were seized this week by operatives of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force at the heart of the city — at two lumber yards in inside the Saavedra compound  in Nuñez extension.

Anti-Illegal Task  Force National Chief  Renato “Boy” Miranda ( Former Philippine Marines Commandant ) commended Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon R. Estilles, City Public Safety Company  Supt. William S. Gadayan and Regional Anti-Illegal Task Force Chief Col. Ronald Estilles for a job well done in confiscating the illegally-cut lumber.

Miranda told newsmen that the task force operatives conducted a three-week intelligence operations that led to the discovery of the illegal-cut woods.

”Aside from the investigation and filing of case against the alleged owner, we will also conduct and investigation if there are involvement of some government personnel in the illegal activities. The illegally-cut narra wood flitches  are millions of pesos,” Miranda said.  

He stressed that the cutting of narra trees is illegal and punishable by law because it is now an endangered species.

“We have the names of the owner but we will not divulge it  so that it will not jeopardize the ongoing investigation and the filing of case against them. We will ask the court to donate the wood flitchers to some institutionslike the Department of Education for chairs and desks of the kids so that it will not put into waste and will not decay or rotten,” Miranda said.

Chief Supt. Estilles said if there are policemen involved in the illegal activity, they will be given due process and automatically discharged from the service. — Allen Abastillas