P4M worth of lumber from illegal logging seized in Albay

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  • P4-million worth of “hot lumber” were seized by the authorities from hardware shops in Albay
  • The success of the raids were through the combined efforts of NBI and DENR
  • 6 individuals, the shop owners, are facing charges for violating Presidential Decree 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines)

Illegall lumber valued at around P4-million were seized by authorities from various hardware stores in Tabaco City, Albay.

A team composed by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel raided three shops in Barangays San Ramon, Bonbon, and Pawa on Thursday morning.

The government agents found piles of cut lumbers; mostly red and white lawaan tree species.

Team leader of NBI’s central office, Atty. Eric Czar Nuqui said the establishments have been under surveillance for several months prior to the raids.

Six individuals who are owners of the raided shops were invited for questioning by the NBI.

Charges for violation of Presidential Decree 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) are being prepared against the six persons.