Authorities intercepted over P6 million worth of illegal hardwood lumber in an anti-illegal logging operation in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte on Monday, June 7.
In a joint operation of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have apprehended three ten-wheeler wing van trucks and arrested two suspects for the illegal transport of the forest products at Lipata port, Brgy. Lipata, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
The arrested individuals on board the first truck were identified as Renz Cabayao and Rogelio Doble.
Authorities are still looking for the remaining drivers and crew of the two trucks identified as Alex Floko and Dionito Aldas, who immediately left and abandoned the vehicles when the arrest was made on the first vehicle transpired.
The trucks were parked inside the Lipata port with hardwood lumbers intended to board MV Maria Felisa bound for San Ricardo, Southern Leyte on Monday.
During the ocular inspection of the trucks, the driver was not able to present documents of cargoes onboard and verbally declared that on board cargoes were only “sacks of unhusked rice.”
After the inspection, it was revealed that the cargoes on board the vehicle are hardwood lumber, locally known as “magkuno,” which was intentionally concealed with sacks of unhusked rice.
The PCG said the driver was immediately apprehended due to an illegal transport of forest products in violation to Presidential Decree No. 705 otherwise known as “Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, the DENR said the intercepted hardwood lumbers have an estimated market value of more or less six million pesos.As of Tuesday, May 8, the three trucks are currently under the custody of the DENR for further investigation.