CIDG-CIS Van Found Loaded with Narra

The Catanduanes police is still confirming a report that an abandoned van loaded with sawn narra lumber in San Miguel town belonged to the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 4.

PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Eduardo Chavez said that a team led by Senior Inspector James Ronatay was conducting a checkpoint at District 3 in San Miguel at 5 A.M. of Dec. 11 when they signalled an oncoming van to stop. Instead of approaching the checkpoint, the van stopped some distance away and two men were seen coming out of the vehicle and escaping in the dark.

The lawmen discovered later that the silver gray Mitsubishi L300 van (PMP-346) bearing a CIDG-CIS sticker was loaded with sawn narra lumber with a volume of 415 board feet. Inside, the police recovered a CIDG-CIS commemorative plate, an ID card with the markings “Delegate Nat’l CIS Summit 2012, Cebu City” and “CIS De Vera AV,” and important documents.

Two days earlier, in San Miguel, Panganiban, a team led by PO3 Ronnie Agawin came upon 20 pieces of 2x4 lumber allegedly abandoned at the back of a vulcanizing shop owned by Nina Burgos.

In Bagawang, Pandan on Dec. 7, Inspector Millard Bongalon and his men arrested Mariano Eubra, 53, and Ronald Aguilar, 35, while in the act of cutting logs. The lawmen confiscated from the duo a chainsaw without serial number and 12 pieces of red lauaan lumber.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune

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