2 charged for foiled lumber smuggle
San Andres, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 6-Aug-2018  ·  
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A case for violation of Presidential Decree 705 was filed against a driver and his helper after the San Andres police intercepted a mini-dump truck loaded with 200 pieces of undocumented lumber last July 20, 2018.

Police officers led by PO2 George Talan were monitoring illegal activities at 8:30 P.M. at barangay Mayngaway when they chanced upon the truck (AVA 7186) driven by Emmanuel Tesorero, 51, of District II, Gigmoto, with abaca stripper Franco Flores, 27, of Hilawan, San Andres, as his helper. A 16-year old student from Mayngaway, was also on board the truck allegedly as a helper.

When the police inspected the 2x3x12 lumber with a total volume of 1,200 board feet and estimated market value of P54,000.00, Tesorero presented as proof two pieces of sales invoice or official receipt from LKM Enterprises in Mayngaway, indicating in each receipt 100 pieces of 2x3x12 with total amount of P27,000.00.

Inquiry with DENR Forester Roger Romero revealed that LKM Enterprises is not a legitimate dealer and not registered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Two days earlier in Caramoran town, joint elements of the town police, PSOT-Catanduanes led by PO2 Dan Bagay and the 1st Catanduanes Police Mobile Force Company served a search warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court against businessman Jorge Togueño, 50, at barangay Sabloyon.

In the search that followed, the team seized 67 pieces of assorted lumber, two doors, three unfinished beds, two chairs, two head boards, eight pieces of unfinished bed foot, all with a total volume of 693 board feet and market value of P55,443.00. The team also confiscated a circular saw, zigzag saw, grinder and wood planer.

A similar case for violation of forestry laws has been filed against Togueño before the Provincial Prosecution Office.

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