P5.9M worth of lumber from illegal logging confiscated in Ozamiz City, suspects also involved in drug trade

  • P5.9 million worth of lumber from illegal logging were confiscated in Ozamis City
  • Two suspects were arrested but were out on bail for P40,000 each
  • The two were also allegedly involved in illegal drug activity, according to the city police chief

Around 29 container vans full with lumber with an estimated total value of P5.9 million were confiscated by the authorities during a raid at Barangay Catadman-Manabay, Ozamiz City on Wednesday.

About 238,181 board feet of gmelina and mahogany without proper permits were taken from businessmen identified as Elma Garay and Peromben Bomediano, according to Guilry Cabatuan, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“May mga shipment na parang pabalik-balik, so I called the attention of the proponent, doon ko nalaman na may mga shipment na parang pinag-duplicate, reproduced ‘yung permit,” ani Cabatuan.

[There were shipments that seem to be repetitive, so I called the attention of the proponent and I found out there were duplicated shipments and the permit was reproduced.]

The illegal lumber shipment was supposed to be brought to Manila from Cebu, Cabatuan added.

According to Supt. Jovie Espenido, chief of Ozamiz City Police, the suspects were also involved in illegal drug activity in the province.

“Matagal na nila itong ginagawa. Isa rin sila sa mga protektor ng drugs ni [dating Mayor Reynaldo] Parojinog,” said Espenido.

[They’ve been doing this for a long time. They were also one of the drug protectors of former mayor Parojinog.]

Garay and Bomediano were arrested for a case of illegal possession of lumber, but were able to bail for P40,000 each.