4 nabbed for illegally-cut rattan

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Four persons were nabbed by forest rangers  while transporting illegally cut rattan at Sitio No. 12 Minanga, Barangay, Mabayo, Morong, Bataan, Tuesday morning.

    Retired General Orlando Maddela, Jr., Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Law Enforcement Department manager, identified the suspects as Orlando Cunanan, 41, driver; Reynaldo Corpuz, 46, both residents of Pulung Bulo, Angeles City; Almario Tila, 39 of No. 151 Barrio Guyong, Sta. Maria Bulacan and Rafael Parchamento, 30 of Trias, Cavite City.

    Report said that at about 11:30 a.m., Forest Ranger Branch, Security Officer Rodolfo Berces, received information from a concerned citizen that some men were cutting rattan at said place.

    Berces responded with a check point and flagged down an aluminum Izuzu Elf 250 (XDV-150) driven by Cunanan containing 2,029 pieces of rattan cut in different sizes.

    When suspects questioned, the suspects failed to present pertinent documents from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources authorizing them to cut rattan.

    A certain Nicolas Tanamor, 41 of Barrio Manggahan, General Trias, Cavite City , admitted that he is the buyer of the said Forest Product.

    The confiscated rattan has been placed under the custody of SBMA-LED and will be turned over to DENR, Olongapo.

    The suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 705 or the Illegal Gathering of Forest Products.

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