Lumber smuggling in Cagayan aborted
() - July 30, 2008 - 12:00am

Camp Allen, Baguio City – An attempt to smuggle an already cut lumber via Sta. Ana town in Cagayan was thwarted recently by Philippine Navy operatives off the town’s coast proving that not only are luxury cars allegedly been entering illegally through its ports but also precious lumber.    

Naval operatives of the San Vicente Naval Operations Base seized 600 board feet of lumber which accordingly lacked proper documents loaded in a motorboat enroute to an unknown destination.

Major General Isagani Cachuela, commander of the Northern Luzon Command from where the Naval Forces North Luzon under Commodore Jose Alano take their orders said, naval soldiers spotted the suspicious “banca” midnight of July 18 passing by approximately 300 yards.

The authorities signaled for the vehicle to come closer for a search. Discovered from the boat were sawn good lumber of assorted sizes without proper documents.

The boats’s crew were named by Cachuela as Jessie Quindica, 40, the boat owner; Sammy Abanujat, 28, and Mark Bagasin, 26; all from Barangay Patunungan, Centro, also in Sta. Ana town.

Although all were released after investigation, the motorboat and illegal logs were kept for custody at the San Vicente Naval Operations Base. – Charlie Lagasca, Artemio Dumlao

ARTEMIO DUMLAO BAGUIO CITY BARANGAY PATUNUNGAN CAMP ALLEN CHARLIE LAGASCA COMMODORE JOSE ALANO JESSIE QUINDICA MAJOR GENERAL ISAGANI CACHUELA SAN VICENTE NAVAL OPERATIONS BASE TIMES NEW ROMAN
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