3 arrested for occupying protected areas in Antipolo

September 2, 2021 Hector Lawas 312 views

OPERATIVES from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI; have arrested three persons in Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City for alleged violation of the country’s environmental laws.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eric B. Distor identified the suspects as Richie Cincoflores, Allan Seduco, and Rolly Olayaval.

Based on the information received by the NBI, the suspects are “occupying, dwelling, constructing, maintaining permanent structures within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape covered under the National Integrated Protective Area System without the necessary permits.”

Surveillance operations conducted by the NBI- Environmental Crime Division (NBI-EnCD) confirmed such information.

NBI-EnCD operatives conducted an operation that led to the arrest of the suspects and were presented for inquest proceedings before the Antipolo Prosecutor’s Office in Rizal for violation of Section 20 ( n) and (o) of R.A. 7686, otherwise known as the “National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992”, as amended by 11038 and Section 81 (formerly Section 71) of Presidential Decree No. 705, otherwise known as “The Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines”, as amended.