KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – Authorities intercepted along the Kidapawan-Magpet highway a truck loaded with several illegally cut logs Sunday night, police said.
Supt. Reynante Cabico, city police director, said the truck driver could not present pertinent documents as proof that the cutting of Mahogany trees was legal.
The logs were reportedly cut from the hinterlands of Magpet town, which is located at the foot of Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak.
Cabico said the truck with plate number GSX 964 was on its way to General Santos City, where the logs would be delivered to one of the sawmills, when intercepted around 10 p.m. Sunday along the Kidapawan highway.
The police has yet to turn over the logs to the office of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) for proper assessment, evaluation, and eventually filing of charges against the driver identified as Jay Nino Recalde of Sulop, Davao del Sur.
In the meantime, Cabico said the truck driver would be charged of violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act for his possession of dried marijuana leaves. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)