The municipal police in Taytay arrested three suspects for cutting down trees using an unlicensed chainsaw on Wednesday afternoon, April 4.
The suspects were identified as Crispo Dionaldo, Eduardo Escaña, and Jose Pabilando, who are all residents of Sitio Timburan, Barangay Canigue, Taytay.
Senior Inspector Ric Ramos, information officer of the provincial PNP, said the suspects were caught in the act of using an unregistered chainsaw in the forest of Timburan.
When asked to show permits and documents, the suspects were unable to present any and were arrested.
He said they will be charged with violating Republic Act 9175, or the Chainsaw Act of 2002, which regulates the ownership, possession, sale, importation, and use of chainsaws.
They were arrested by a team of enforcers from the Quick Response Team of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), PCSD-Bantay Palawan Task Force, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CENRO based in Taytay town.
The suspects and confiscated items are presently under the custody of the PCSD-Bantay Palawan Task Force and DENR-CENRO.