THREE SUSPECTED ILLEGAL LOGGERS ARRESTED IN CORDILLERA

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CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: Three persons were caught on the spot cutting pine trees Tuesday morning in Bua, Tuding, Itogon, Benguet as part of the continued support and vigilance of the community in the anti-illegal logging campaign of the Police Regional Office Cordillera. Benguet Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Rodolfo Azurin identified the alleged illegal loggers as Ireneo Balusdan Diasen, 57, a resident of Dontogan, Green Valley, Baguio City; Jerry Roberto Api-it, 30, and Marcial Bacnog Langbayo, 29, both resident of UP Village, Irisan, Baguio City and all laborers. Before their arrest, members of the Itogon Municipal Police Station acted on a text message regarding the ongoing illegal logging activity which led to the arrest of the three suspects and the confiscation of a chain saw and a freshly cut pine log with a total value of P20,127.07. All suspects and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to the Itogon municipal police station for proper disposition.

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