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DENR to probe ‘hot’ logs
on gov’t-owned vehicle


The DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office I in Negros Oriental will investigate the apprehension of a truck, owned by the Guihulngan City government, found illegally transporting lumber Saturday.

CENRO I chief Charlie Fabre said his office will undertake administrative proceedings after the dump truck, with red plate No. SHW-714 and found loaded with 31 pieces of Gmelina cut lumber, is turned over to them.

He said he sent his personnel to the 12th Infantry Battalion’s detachment in Balugo, Guihulngan City, to tell them that the truck and its cargo have to be turned over to the CENRO.

The soldiers impounded the truck, driven by Ruben Quijano, 45, of Sitio Pantalan, Guihulngan City, after they discovered that he had no permit to transport the lumber when the vehicle was flagged down at around 8 p.m. Saturday in Brgy. Balugo, Guihulngan.

Quijano was released later by the Guihulngan police after the 36-hour reglementary period had lapsed and no case was filed against him.

Fabre said CENRO has yet to determine the liability of Quijano of the city government. He added that, initial investigation showed that, a violation was committed since the forest products were being transported without permit.

He said he also heard that a school principal requested for the transport and delivery of the lumber from a person, who has a Certificate of Tree Plantation Ownership.*JFP

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