ENVIROMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu lauded his men for the arrest of a Chinese trader in possession of a rare wood valued at P2.5 million after a nine-kilometer chase.
The DENR’s Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade or Task Force POGI on Friday nabbed Qing Nan Lin in a hot pursuit operation that ended outside a Chinese temple at 81 P. Tuazon Street in QC from the corner of Banawe and Calamba Streets.
POGI said that the million peso-worth agarwood is now in its custody at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in QC.
Agarwood is a fragrant dark resinous wood used in making incense, perfume and small carvings.
According to BMB senior ecosystems management specialist Rogelio Demellestes, Jr. initial investigations point to the forests of Samar or Leyte as the sources of the the rare wood.
“Reports also indicate that tree poachers operating in the forests of Surigao and Butuan are also sources of this priceless wood product,” Demellestes said.