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Illegal miners nabbed in Malinao

MALINAO, ALBAY—Members of the Philippine National Police together with the Tiwi Watershed Area here have intensified their campaign againt illegal mining.
PSI Arthur R. Gomez
Photo: Marites Bos Callada via PSI Arthur R. Gomez' Facebook account
At around 4:00 in the afternoon yesterday, a team led by Malinao Chief of Police PSI Arthur R. Gomez, Deputy Chief of Police PI Christian I. Brual and Senior Forest Ranger Jayrius Amistoso of the Tiwi Watershed Area Team spotted four persons actually engaged in illegal mining activities.

The mining site is located at Zone 9, Estancia in this town.

According to the report, the four suspects were apprehended while their mining operation was going on without the necessary permit from the government.

Those arrested were identified as Alberto Divina y Nazareno, 37, of Bibingcahan, Sorsogon City; Jonathan Basco y Ceneta, 33, of Cagraray, Bacacay, Albay; Froilan Cardano y Canchela, 24, of P-7 Labnig, Malinao; and Victor Calusor y Jones, 42, of Zone 3, Labnig, Malinao.

Recovered during the operation were mining equipment, such as cylinders of acetylene tank, submersible pumps, a toaster pump, a helmet, head lamps, hose, electric fan, electric generator, compressor, grinder, pulley, and a toolbox, among others.

Land holes, which were seen by the arresting officers, were also photographed for record purposes.

Meanwhile, those apprehended were appraised of their constitutional rights, subjected to medical examination as a standard operating procedure, police officers said.

They are currently detained at the PNP Malinao Station.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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