PRESS RELEASE – Jan 16, 2020 Report on Illegal Logging
SURIGAO DEL NORTE POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE
A certain driver of ISUZU Wing Van Ten Wheeler Truck Enemecio Bagaslao Alferez, 47 years old, married, a resident of Purok Maligaya, Sumosumo, Tago, Surigao del Sur and co-driver/helper Ritchie Losorata Quilo-an, 33 years old, married, a native of Alangan, Leyte and a resident of Block L Lot 7 Brgy Emmanuel II, Dasmariñas, Cavite equipped with Non-professional Driver’s license Card was apprehended on January 15, 2020 at around 9:45 in the morning at the National Highway of Brgy Tayaga, Claver, Surigao Del Norte, for violation of PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) by personnel of Claver Municipal Police Station, 2nd Police Provincial Mobile Force Company, Police Regional Office 13 Regional Intelligence Division and Claver MENRO during the conduct of Joint checkpoint Operation on the above-mentioned place.
Claver Municipal Police Station has received information from the Regional Intelligence Division that One White Wing Van Ten Wheeler Truck has in their position and control illegally sawn forest products to be transported to Lipata.
Immediately, personnel of Claver Municipal Police Station, 2nd Police Provincial Mobile Force Company, PRO 13 RID and Claver MENRO conducted joint checkpoint operations at the National Highway of Brgy Tayaga, Claver, SDN. Said ISUZU Ten wheeler truck bearing plate number CAJ 6832 have stopped about 200 meters away from the checkpoint and with suspicion, prompted the personnel manning the checkpoint to approached the vehicle and asked the driver what is inside the vehicle. Said driver confirmed that it is loaded with different species of sawn forest products and is bound to be transported to Cebu City via Lipata Port. When asked with the pertinent documents for the transport of said sawn forest products (lauan/yakal), driver and helper were not able to present any legal documents regarding the conveyance. The Origin of the said forest products were from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
Lauan/yakal lumbers has an estimated of 14,545 board feet and market value of Five Hundred One Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos (P501,800.00) according to Mr. Pedro Paqueo, Jr., MENRO of Claver Municipality who did the estimates. According to the driver, the rental fee of the Wing Ban Truck is Php100,000.00 and the owner of the said vehicle is from Batangas City.
Said driver, helper, truck and the sawn forest products are now under the custody of Claver MPS for proper disposition. Case for violation of PD 705 is now being prepared.