Judge Convicts Chainsaw User

San Fernando City, La Union - Supporting the campaign against illegal logging in the municipality, Naguilian Municipal Judge Romeo Atillo, Jr. passed a decision convicting Julius Binonga   of violating Republic Act 9175 for  illegal carrying and possessing a chainsaw. 

RA 9175 otherwise known as Chainsaw Act of 2002  Sec. 7  provides. “ selling, purchasing, reselling, transferring distributing or possessing a chainsaw without proper permit. Any person who sells or otherwise disposes or possess a chainsaw without first securing the necessary permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall be punished with imprisonment of four years two months and 1 day to six years or a fine of not less that fifteen thousand pesos but not more that thirty thousand pesos or both at the discretion of the court”… and the chainsaw confiscated in favor of the government”.

In his decision, Judge Atillo  passed an 11-page  decision last May 21, 2013 on criminal case no. 4935 against certain Julius Binonga to pay fine of fifteen thousand pesos and the subject chainsaw was ordered confiscated in favor of the government.

DENR RED Samuel Peñafiel says the decision is another  success in the DENR’s continuing campaign against illegal logging. He urged the whole citizenry to be very vigilant in their areas and report any violations of  environmental laws  to the PNP or any DENR Office,  particularly RA 9175 and RA 953 and PD 705 as amended which punishes  illegal cutting of trees in public areas without permit,  and illegal gathering of forest products and illegal cutting of trees in public areas and transport therein including conveyances. .

Police special awards… In related development , RED Peñafiel has given the whole police force PNP Municipal station of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte  a special award last June 27, 2013 at Oasis Resort, in San Fernando City during the Environment Month culminating  ceremonies and thru the Search for Likas Yaman Awards for Environmental Excellence 2013,  for being a consistent and hardworking police force supporting the forest protection. The PNP Pagudpud has already  apprehended a total of 66.974 cu.m. of logs of various species worth about P555,097.00 , nine (9) conveyances and five (5) chainsaws from CY 2008 to 2013. The recognition was thru the endorsement  of  PENR Officer Juan delos Reyes and CENR Officer Rose Jornacion of Bangui, Ilocos Norte.  –ena