• Army troops seized ‘hot’ lumber in Southern Philippines

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    Army soldiers inspect seized flitches in Bagumbayan town in Sultan Kudarat province in southern Philippines. (Photo by Mark Navales, Mindanao Examiner)

    Army soldiers inspect seized flitches in Bagumbayan town in Sultan Kudarat province in southern Philippines. (Photo by Mark Navales, Mindanao Examiner)

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    GOVERNMENT troops have seized a huge number of illegal flitches in the southern Philippine province of Sultan Kudarat, an army commander said.

    Col. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, said troops and government foresters confiscated over 300,000 board feet of flitches in the hinterlands of Bagumbayan town.

    Pangilinan said the operation was part of the government’s anti-illegal campaign ordered by President Benigno Aquino.

    “We are doing everything to put a stop to these nefarious activities. The huge number of flitches we confiscated shows the rampant illegal logging operation in the hinterlands,” he said.

    He said civilians are also helping the authorities in the campaign by providing information about illegal logging operations in the province.

    Aquino ordered an intensified campaign against illegal logging following a deadly typhoon— Pablo (international codename: Bopha)—that hit Mindanao last year and left thousands of people dead and injured.

    The government blamed flash floods and mud slides to denuded forests due to illegal logging activities. AL JACINTO

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