Municipal civil engineer arrested for Illegal Logging

CAGAYAN— A municipal civil engineer of Pamplona town here was arrested by authorities following the discovery of a pile of lumber at the bank of Pamplona river.

Pamplona police arrested Felicimo Bilas, 52, a resident of Brgy. Allasitan, Pamplona, Cagayan for violation of PD 705, Anti-Illegal Logging, on January 13, 2021.

Joint elements of Pamplona Police led by Capt. Marlou U. Del Castilo, and the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, were conducting anti-criminality operations when they discovered the pile of lumber.

Bilas arrived at the scene and claimed that he was the owner of the lumber but failed to present documents authorizing him to gather and possess the more or less 1,000 board feet fresh cut lumber of common hardwood (Tanguile) .

This resulted in his arrest and the confiscation of the lumber.