Camp CiriloTolentino, Balanga City, Bataan — More or less 730 pieces of cut timbers loaded in an abandoned ten wheeler truck was recovered by Bataan PNP in a joint operation against illegal logging in Upper Bilolo, Orion, Bataan.
According to Police Chief Inspector Elmer C Santiago, Orion police chief, they received a text message on March 11, 2013 that a truck loaded with cut timbers seemed to be abandoned in Upper Bilolo has been in the area for almost five days already, raising suspicion a joint anti-illegal logging operation was conducted by Orion police and Provincial Public Safety Company under Police Superintendent Manuel S Hidalgo at about 11:45 a.m. of same day.
Police operatives chance upon the said trailer truck still in the said place fully loaded by cut timbers mostly “gimelina” without the driver and its crew. Based on the documents recovered inside the Izuzu truck with plate number RDC 244, the vehicle was owned by EILYN Trading with business address at 130 AD, Aquino St., Grace Park, Caloocan City, the truck was brought to Orion police station for safekeeping while waiting for the owner or claimant.
Not until after two days, when the driver and his crew namely Darwin Bulawit and Menandro Magno surfaced at the police station claiming the truck and its load. Unfortunately the documents they presented particularly the permits required to possess and transport such volume of cut timbers were insufficient to justify its release, as validated by CENRO.
The two instead were charged for violation of PD 705 before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Balanga City, Bataan.