Malimono police seize 45k worth of illegal sawn coco lumber; Three suspects arrested for violating the Coconut Preservation Act

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In a resolute move to combat illegal logging activities, the Malimono Municipal Police Station executed a successful operation, leading to the arrest of three individuals for violating RA 10593, the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995.

Police Colonel Laudemer M Laude, Provincial Top Cop, disclosed that the arrested individuals include a 51-year-old married canvasser from Barangay Masgad, Malimono town; a 35-year-old married buyer from Barangay Amontay, San Francisco town; and a 30-year-old single driver from Barangay Quezon, Surigao City.

The suspects were caught in the act around 8:30 p.m. yesterday in Barangay Cantapoy, Malimono town, as they were transporting sawn coco lumber without a proper permit.

Operatives confiscated sawn coco lumber amounting to 3,000 board feet, with an estimated market value of Php 45,000.00, along with a white mini dump truck.

“I commend the relentless efforts of our Malimono Cops in apprehending these individuals involved in illegal logging. Our commitment to safeguarding our natural resources remains steadfast. We stand firm in our resolve to enforce the law and protect our environment for the present and future generations. Together, let’s uphold the Coconut Preservation Act and preserve the beauty and integrity of our land,” PD Laude affirmed.

The arrested individual and confiscated items are now under the custody of Malimono MPS, awaiting proper disposition, and will be handed over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for further action.

Meanwhile, the suspects are set to face charges under RA 10593, the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995. (Mark James Lisondra)

(Source: SDN PPO)

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