The Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force gave chase to a motorized outrigger and seized more than 400 board feet of the precious narra lumber over the weekend (13 September). The motorized banca was ordered impounded and its three (3) crewmen thrown into jail, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) said. According to IPPO Director Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas Jr., the banca attracted the attention of the Bantay Dagat because it was moving at a very low speed and seemed to be laboriously dragging itself although it pulled at nothing. The Department of Environment and Natural Resoruces Region 6 had been notified but at press time the value of the seized timber was yet to be ascertained, as other details related to the incident were still in the investigation process, Salinas said.

Source: Inateraksyon TV