By Ivy Tejano
DAVAO CITY – Government authorities have filed charges against three men who were earlier arrested for illegally transporting lumber in Mati City, Davao Oriental on February 1, Saturday.
Mati City Police Office identified the suspects as Wilfredo Bebero, 22; Renenard Sanjurju Samonte, 29; and his brother Ronienito Sanjurju Samonte, 36, all residents of Barangay Central, Mati City.
In a report obtained from the Mati police, the three suspects will be facing charges for violation of Section 77 (Transporting Forest Products/Sawn Lumbers without Legal Documents) of the Republic Act 7161, or The Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Bebero and the Samonte brothers were caught in the act on board an unmarked motorized boat loaded with more or less 343.32 board feet of Lauan lumbers, with an estimated value of P12,016.
The maritime police also confiscated from the suspects their green motor boat and two Kamma engine with 12HP and 10HP worth about P80,000.
Members of the PNP Regional Maritime Unit (RMU) 11 led by Senior Master Sergeant Jun Ralph Piñero under the supervision of Colonel Osmundo Salibo arrested the suspects around 8:30 on Saturday, following their seaborne patrol operation along Pujada Bay in Barangay Macambol.
Piñero said the three suspects were arrested after they failed to show legal documents that states the legal transportation of the forest products.
The suspects were then brought to Mati City Police Office for record and temporary custody, while confiscated items were turned over to Mati City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).