CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – The combined security forces of 33rd Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources authorities apprehended 3 persons involved in illegal logging in Brgy Bugso, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.
Two of the 3 suspects were caught in the act of transporting an estimated 2,000 board feet of freshly cut lumber at around 10:20 a.m. yesterday, August 21, after acting on a tipster from a concerned civilian. Arrested were Ariel Arsenal, 21 years old, and Jojo Gardosa, 27 years old, both resident of Sitio Kiasal of the said barangay.
During their arrest, the two suspects revealed the mastermind of their illegal logging activities and later arrested Junjun Torres, 40 years old.
Col Robert Dauz, the Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, has commended the troops for their latest feat.
"We will always support the local government and concerned agencies in curbing the denudation of our remaining forest cover. Congratulations for the splendid job," he said.
6th Infantry Division Commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana expressed his gratitude to the concerned civilian for giving the tip to the authorities that contributed to the success of the operation.
“It is the mandate of the Army and other government agencies to protect and conserve the environment. Our soldiers will not tolerate those acts and we will go after those illegal loggers in my area,” he said.
The 3 suspects are now in the custody of Senator Ninoy Aquino police station and criminal charges for illegal logging law will be filed against them.
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