GABALDON, Nueva Ecija -- At least 20 hectares of a fruit planted in Sitio Dupinga, Bgy. Maalinao here were burned down by two suspected arsonists Saturday evening.
Senior Insp. Jacqueline Gahid, provincial police information chief, said the two suspects were arrested shortly after the fire.
The suspects were identified as Milanio Obra, 23, student; and Danilo Nery, 25, welder, both of Bgy. Camitang, Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija.
Bantay Kalikasan watch group members Erwin Santiago, 23, Elvis Aquirin, 22, and Angelito Agumbay, 25, told police they saw the two running away from the place before a fire broke out in the area.
Gahid said the two were later arrested and will be charged with violations of Republic Act 3701 (An Act to Discourage Destruction of Forests) and Presidential Decree 1613 (Anti-Arson Law).