7 men arrested over illegal logs

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SUDIPEN, La Union: Seven persons were arrested by policemen on Wednesday for transporting two truck-loads of illegally cut logs from Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

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Sudipen Police Director Alfre-do Padilla said the suspects were supposed to deliver the logs, which will be used as firewood for a bakery in Balaoan, La Union.

“They will be charged for violating Presidential Decree 705. We will hold the trucks until they will pay the release bonds equivalent to its costs,” Padilla said.

The suspects were identified as truck drivers Rolf Echalar and Leonardo Lazaga. Also arrested were Orlando Morgate, Joel Gumban, Geoffrey Natividad, Peter Natividad and Jovit Lacsamana.

During the investigation, Echalar claimed that the logs were part of the debris from typhoon Amang. He added that they were given a barangay permit to transport the logs.

Forester Zaldy Medrano of the provincial environment and natural resources office (Penro) said that the logs were composed mostly of madre de cacao and talaksan.

“The logs will be put under our custody until such time that we can process the necessary papers and then we will file the charges,” he said.

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