CIDG nabs illegal loggers, top most wanted persons
Personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group based at the Baguio City field unit arrested the second and fifth Top Most Wanted Persons at the municipal level of Baguio City and provincial level, respectively, by virtue of e-warrants, after a series of operations conducted by different law enforcement units to locate their whereabouts failed.
CIDG Cordillera Director Col. Reynaldo Pasiwen said the tracker team of Baguio City exerted efforts to locate and arrest the persons identified as fifth top most wanted person at the provincial level, Leilani Ngaosi, who was caught in Bakakeng Norte on March 6; and second top most wanted person in the municipal level Alma Tolentino who was nabbed at Lourdes Subdivision on March 8.
In the morning of March 7, the CIDG Abra Field Unit arrested at Barangay Pantuc the No. 1 top most wanted at the municipal level of San Quintin by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued for violation of the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.
CIDG Abra provincial operatives led by P/Maj. James Allen S. Dogao, together with San Quintin MPS and Police Intervention Unit-Abra Police Provincial Office arrested Jovencio Cadangan for intimidating complainant Jovani Aragon with a firearm on Nov. 13, 2022 at Barangay Poblacion, San Quintin, Abra.
On the same week, operatives of CIDG Regional Field Unit 14 Intelligence Section under P/Maj. Rodney D. Godio together with the Bokod MPS, the Benguet-Provincial Mobile Force Company 2nd Coy, 54th Infantry Battalion, personnel of the National Power Corporation Binga-Ambuclao, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Benguet and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Baguio/Buguias arrested three illegal loggers inside the Ambuclao Watershed at Sitio Alam-am, Barangay Ambuclao.
The suspects were identified as Sario Bunglay, Nestor Hingganan, and Rudy Balao who were caught in the act of cutting pine trees. They were found in possession of three chainsaws.
The loggers were arrested with 75 pieces of lumber cut into 2x3x10 size equivalent to a total of 375 board feet with estimated P15,000 on site market value.
The suspects are facing charges for violation of the Forestry Reform Code and the Chainsaw Act of 2002.
Law enforcement was conducted upon reports received from concerned citizens in the area where rampant illegal cutting of trees within the Ambuclao watershed is persistent.
The operatives were supervised by Pasiwen in compliance with “Oplan: Kalikasan”, a CIDG project for the protection of the environment. – Press release