Lumber and equipment believed used in illegal logging and fishing were seized last weekend in Palawan province, the Philippine Coast Guard said Thursday.
The Coast Guard said the items were found aboard an abandoned motor boat in Taytay, Palawan, adding the 28 pieces of lumber were worth some P35,520.
A joint team of the Coast Guard, Naval Intelligence Security Group (NISG) and Bantay Dagat Palawan acted on a tip that illegal logging activity was ongoing at Purok 1, Tumbod Taytay.
While on patrol, the team sighted an unnamed motor banca with compressor on its open deck and loaded with lumber.
The team seized the air compressor, air tank and some 120 meters of compressor hose, noting its possession violates a provincial ordinance banning compressors as breathing apparatus in fishing activities.
Also, it issued a maritime violation receipt (MVR) and certificate of orderly inspection for the banca operated by one Basilio Tayong. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
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