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6 persons held on illegal logs in Gumaca aboard mun. gov’t vehicle

The municipal government vehicle used for the transport of illegal logs in Gumaca, Quezon.

by John A. Bello

GUMACA, Quezon – Six persons were arrested by police authorities transporting illegal logs aboard a municipal government service vehicle in Bgy. Camohaguin here.

Police report identified the suspects as Nichol Marcelo, 28, heavy equipment operator; Jun Montanes, 25; Rominick Anca, 27; Eduardo Canela, 34, all of Bgy. Tabing Dagat; Jerry Laynes, 43, of Bgy. Buenasuceso and Dennis Barrora, 23 of Bgy. Maunlad; all residents of this town.

Montanes, Anca, Canela, Laynes and Barrora are all working as street cleaners allegedly categorized as ‘job orders’ of the municipal government here.

The report disclosed that at about 6PM on Feb. 12, the municipal police together with the Police Intelligence Bureau of the Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) led by Police Officer 3 Eduardo arrested the suspects who were in the act of stacking flitches of woods called Malatubig along Maharlika Highway of Bgy. Camohaguin.

Confiscated from the suspects were 26 pcs. of the wood flitches of assorted sizes with an estimated value of P18,000. The seized logs were loaded and transported in a 6-wheeler Isuzu truck with license plate number SKM 597 and bearing ‘Mun. of Gumaca, Province of Quezon’ markings on the front of the vehicle.

As of press time, it could not be ascertained if Mayor Erwin Caralian has anything to do with the transport of illegal logs using a municipal government vehicle and involving 6 municipal government employees.

The hot logs were turned over to the QPPO to be used as court evidence against the suspects for violation of Presidential Decree 705 or the illegal possession of illegally cut forest products.