The government reforestation project in Barangay Lininding here has become
the target of illegal loggers, Mayor Hadji Casan Maquiling said.
Maquiling issued the statement after Marines confiscated 656 flitches of
mahogany during a raid in Barangay Balintad on Tuesday.
The reforestation project, which is inside the former logging area of Finlay
Millar Timber Company, is a protected area and no cutting of trees had been
allowed there according to Maquiling.
Maquiling said elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 6 under Lt. Col.
Rodolfo Quinto did a splendid job when they seized the flitches owned by several
people, including an Usman Baso. It was valued at P1 million.
Baso denied the flitches were from illegally cut forest products.
He said he had been issued a permit by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources to cut trees in the province.
But Ben Ali Decampong, ...