Illegal logs seized-A A +A
Thursday, February 21, 2013
SARANGANI -- Local authorities here intercepted a total of 30,000 board feet of illegal logs that were boarded on a motor vessel off Sarangani Bay around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Lieutenant Felixberto Iral of the Philippine Navy said they chanced upon M/V Sahani, the vessel that boarded the illegally cut red and white "lawaan," while conducting a monitoring in the Sarangani Bay.
He said they asked the tripulants of the ship to stop for inspection, but M/V Sahani tried to run away from the lawmen, resulting in a short chase.
When inspected, it was discovered the ship was loaded with several undocumented logs believed to originate from Sultan Kudarat.
Its operator, Canapia Cawad, failed to provide pertinent documents from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to prove the logs were legal.
The local authorities already turned over the ship containing the logs to DENR.
The combined forces of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, and Police Maritime Command have intensified their monitoring in the porous coastal areas of Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Sarangani and Zamboanga where contraband items are slipped away. (Edgardo Fuerzas)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 21, 2013.