Lumber smuggler resists arrest, faces twin charges
San Andres, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 29-Oct-2019  ·  
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A 22-year old farmer who tried to smuggle undocumented lumber dug himself deeper into trouble when he resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer in San Andres town last week.

Cases for violation of Presidential Decree 705 and direct assault have been filed against Efren Manlangit Tolentino Jr., a resident of Batong Paloway, before the Provincial Prosecution Office.

The police said a team led by SSg. Oscar Esquierda Jr. apprehended Tolentino at 11:20 P.M. of Oct. 4 while hauling five narra flitches and one piece of sawn lumber on board a wooden shed pulled by a carabao.

While being apprehended by lawmen, the farmer attacked SSg. Domingo Bilaos, who sustained injury.

The seized lumber, with a total volume of 60 board feet and estimated market value of P440, are still with the police station while the carabao has been left with barangay captain Ronel Masagca for safekeeping.

In Viga, elements of Viga police station led by Pat. Mark Anthony Servo were on patrol in barangay San Jose (Oco) at 1:35 A.M. of Oct. 8 when they intercepted Mark James Morales, a resident of Burgos, while in the act of transporting five (5) pieces of undocumented narra lumbers on board a black Kawasaki Bajaj CT-150 topdown tricycle without plate number.

The narra lumber, with an estimated volume of 130 board feet and valued atf P9,000, is still with the polive for proper disposition.

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