4 held, hot lumber, 4 trikes seized in Aurora

October 10, 2018

DIPACULAO, Aurora -- A round-the-clock watch on log movement in this town has boosted the government’s campaign against illegal logging.

Local chief of police Senior Insp. Ullyses Jastiva reported that they have seized 2,803 board feet of hot lumber, arrested four persons and impounded 4-tricycles (kolong-kolong) from January to September this year.

The four suspects have been charged in court. They were Freddie Padua, Mark Julius Vuelba, Limuel Llanillo and Mark Eljay Vuelba.

Jastiva said the local PNP station has launched a relentless drive against illegal logging as ordered by provincial director of Aurora.

He urged government agencies concerned to fast track the prosecutors of illegal loggers, saying their conviction will greatly curb their illicit activities in the province.

Meanwhile, Indigenous peoples and residents in Aurora province have urged Environment Secretary Roy Cimato to ensure the full and speedy implementation of the log ban (RA 23) declared by former President Benigno Aquino III as they bared continued logging activities in the natural forest.

The groups reported the rampant cutting of trees even in declared watershed areas and the Aurora Memorial Natural Park in Bgy. Villa, Maria Aurora.