LEGAZPI CITY, March 8 (PNA) -- Members of the Ligao City Police Station arrested a 28-year-old man and his minor brother who they caught in the act of cutting coconut trees with a chainsaw on Sunday in violation of Republic Act (RA) 8048, otherwise known as the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995 as amended by RA 10593, at Purok 3, Barangay Paulog, Ligao City, a police report said Tuesday.
The police found Ryan V. Barbarin, 28, and his 15-year-old brother in the act of cutting coconut trees with an orange and white STHIL chainsaw registered with Department of Environment and Natural Resources community office in Guinobatan, Albay.
Earlier, the law enforcers received a complaint from Lilia N. Guiriba of Purok 7, Barangay Paulog, Ligao City that there were unidentified male persons who were cutting coconut trees with the use of a chainsaw in her lot located at Purok 3, Barangay Paulog, Ligao City.
When confronted, the suspects failed to present the necessary permit to cut from the Philippine Coconut Authority.
The responding policemen confiscated ten pieces 2x3x12 coco lumber; 14 pieces 2x2x12 coco lumber; 21 pieces 2x6x7 coco lumber; and two pieces cut logs about 12 feet long.
Barbarin and the confiscated pieces of evidence were placed under the custody of the LCPS while the minor suspect was referred to the Women and Child Protection Desk personnel for proper disposition.
The minor was assisted by his mother, WCPD personnel of Ligao CPS and Arlene Chua, social worker of City Social Welfare and Development Office.
A Social Case Study Report disclosed that the minor has below average level of discernment and considering that he suffers from heart ailment, the City Prosecutor's office dismissed the case against him.
The police will directly file an information against Barbarin before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Ligao City with a bail recommended fixed at Php12,000. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/EDS