SANTIAGO CITY: Police operatives on Thursday seized P100,000 worth of illegally cut lumber in a remote village in Apayao province, reports said on Friday.
Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Apayao said that, the 6,747.99 board feet of lumber were of various species and sizes with a cash value of not less than P100,000.
The lumber were found abandoned in a remote mountain village, while police and civilian volunteers were conducting “Bantay Gubat” operations or “Sangyaman” in the area, police reports said.
Sr. Supt. Albertlito Garcia, Apayao police director, said that a P50,000 worth chainsaw with defaced serial number was also recovered from the site.
However, the identity of the owners of the confiscated forest products amid a nationwide ban on illegal logging are still unknown.
Leander C. Domingo