By Mike Crismundo
CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – More than P1,254,197.90 worth of hot lumber and a wing van worth P1,900.000.00 for a total of P3,154,197.90, were confiscated by the police and five suspects arrested at a checkpoint Wednesday along the national Highway of Barangay Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur .
Caraga Police Regional Director Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. also disclosed that PNP personnel of 1302nd Maneuver Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13 at a checkpoint operation around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday along National Highway of Barangay Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, flagged down a wing van bearing Plate Number 1301-1145702, coming from Lianga, Surigao del Sur heading towards Surigao del Norte area and found illegally-cut forest products.
Upon checking, PNP personnel manning the checkpoint discovered furniture and lumbers loaded in the said vehicle. When asked for pertinent documents, the driver could not present any.
The confiscated items were 18 pieces of magkuno lumbers with volume of 4,909.97 board feet amounting to P343,697.90; two Cleopatra sala sets worth Php 85,000.00 each, with a total value of P 170,000.00; seven door jams worth P 3,000.00 each, with a total value of P21,000.00; eight table stands worth P30,000.00 each, with a total value of P 240,000.00; sixty-four chairs worth P5,000 each, with total value of P320,000.00; seven panel doors worth P15,000.00 each, with a total value of P105,000.00; sixteen coffee sets stall worth P1,500.00 each, with a total value of Ph24,000.00; six wine sets worth P3,000.00 each, with a total value of P18,000.00; and 5 rice bowls worth P2,500.00 each, with a total value of P12,500.00
The suspects are now under the custody of Carrascal Municipal Police Station for proper disposition while the confiscated items are temporarily in the custody of 1302nd Maneuver Company Headquarters subject for turn-over to DENR-CENRO Cantilan.
“We expect that our accomplishments on the ground will increase in the coming weeks as our police units have intensified the conduct of checkpoint regionwide. As the prime law enforcers of the land, the Philippine National Police will continue to intensify our anti-criminality campaign to ensure public safety,” Brig. Gen. Esquivel, Jr said.
“I urge the members of our community to continuously give your support to the authority by providing reliable information,” the region’s top cop added.