GOVERNMENT security forces over the weekend seized more than P200,000 worth of illegally cut logs abandoned in a river in a remote village in Agusan del Sur, police reports said on Monday.
Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame said the logs were found floating on Saturday morning in the Casilayan River at Sitio Buyod, Barangay Poblacion in San Luis.
The reports said that the logs were found by combined elements of the San Luis Municipal Police, the 23rd Infantry Battalion and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel.
The reports said the team were able to recover of mixtures of Dipterocarp and miscellaneous species of trees with an estimated market value of P228,530.
The Dipterocarp is a tree that grows up to 70 meters and is a source of valuable wood, aromatic oils, resins, balsam and plywood, but is now endangered due to over cutting and illegal logging.
The logs were towed and deposited in the satellite office of the DENR at Purok 3, Barangay Doña Flavia in San Luis.
The team is determining the identity of the culprits prior to filling appropriate charges against them.