MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine Marines team intercepted the shipment of P1.6 million worth of illegally cut timber in Barira, Maguindanao, on Sunday night.
Maj said. Melchor Gonzaludo, Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT-5) head, whose operation led to the recovery of 20,748 board feet of forest products was due to a tip they received on the operation of an illegal sawmill in the area.
“MBLT-5, along with Barira police and personnel of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE-BARMM), immediately conducted an operation in Sitio Bulubudtua, Barangay Nabalawag, Barira, Maguindanao,” said Gonzaludo in a statement Monday.
The operation resulted in the confiscation of various sizes of red and white Lauan lumber, two chainsaws, and a heavy-duty bandsaw abandoned by the owner and operators.
MBLT-5 is now in custody of the forest products believed to have been cut in the Barira forest and will be transported to the MENRE-BARMM office. RNA
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