Illegal lumber seized in Mandaue
MANILA, Philippines – Various banned hardwoods, including narra and kamagong, were confiscated by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) from a warehouse in Paknaan, Mandaue City on Wednesday.
The forest products allegedly came from Surigao and are estimated to be worth around P10 million.
Authorities said the warehouse is allegedly owned by a certain Joe Yap, a businessman.
The confiscated goods have been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer Richard Abella said this is the biggest haul they have confiscated this year.
Authorities said the owner of materials may face charges for violating PD 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
The goods are being stored at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) warehouse in Cebu City. -- Report from Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas