Illegal logging monitored in Ecija town, 1 arrested

GABALDON, Nueva Ecija -- Illegal logging activities were monitored to have been taking place in a barangay of this town amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This after the local police got a tip from a concerned citizen about the alleged unabated illegal operation taking place in Sitio Buwis, Bgy. Cuyapa along the Santor River.

Staff Sgt. Darius Soriano, police investigator said the local police immediately coordinated with the local environment and natural resources office and conducted an anti-illegal logging operation in the area which resulted in the arrest of Mario Mendoza, 38, of Bgy. Sawmill on Friday at 11 a.m. here.

Mendoza was caught red-handed by the joint police-MENRO unit while some of his companions managed to escape.

Seized during the operation were 23 pieces of illegally-cut logs in various sizes, having a total volume of 248 board feet valued at P11,160.

Soriano said the arrested suspect was brought to the police station for proper disposition while the seized wood contraband was turned over to the MENRO-Gabaldon here.