Cam Norte Gov. Tallado welcomes mining probe

Camarines Norte Governor Edgar Tallado
Camarines Norte Governor Edgar Tallado

DAET, CNORTE—Camarines Norte Governor Edgar Tallado looks forward to an early solution to the illegal mining activities that have proliferated in his province.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, Tallado’s legal counsel Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor said that the governor, in fact, wants to put an end to all prohibited activities in Camarines Norte, including illegal drugs, fishing, gambling, and logging.

Tallado’s statement comes as a reaction to an earlier report that says that some local politicians and government officials who are in charge of law enforcement may be serving as coddlers of the perpetrators of the said activities.

It will be recalled that over the weekend, 14 Chinese nationals were arrested in Labo town for alleged black sand mining. Said Chinese nationals were reportedly employees of Bohai Top International Mining Corporation.

Members of the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Bureau of Immigration, the Naval Intelligence and Security Group, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission joined forces to conduct the raid.

Said authorities were able to seize some P12 million worth of mining paraphernalia, including 500 metric tons of minerals, and some mining equipment.

Since the raid, the group had been turned over to the Bureau of Immigration. Meanwhile, the mining equipment and minerals are now under the custody of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

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