Chi­nese nationals, vil­lage chief ar­rested for illegal quar­ry­ing

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

PORAC— Some 30 in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing three Chi­nese nationals and a barangay cap­tain were ar­rested re­cently by the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) here for al­leged illegal quar­ry­ing.

The NBI re­cov­ered heavy equip­ment and min­er­als worth P1-bil­lion. The ar­rests were made dur­ing a Novem­ber 28 op­er­a­tion led by the NBI.

The ar­rests were made af­ter com­plaints from indige­nous groups that quarry op­er­a­tions were able to encroach into their an­ces­tral do­mains.

As for the three Chi­nese nationals, the NBI said that these en­tered the coun­try as tourists but later worked in the quarry site with­out the nec­es­sary per­mits.

The sus­pects will face charges for theft of min­er­als un­der the Philip­pine Min­ing Act of 1995 and for unau­tho­rized and un­law­ful in­tru­sion un­der the Indige­nous Peo­ples’Rights Act of 1997.

Also charged were a cer­tain An­son Tanglao and Chi­nese na­tional Leong Sek who were iden­ti­fied as own­ers of Tag Min­eral Re­sources, Inc.

Ryan Clarete, said to be the cap­tain of Barangay Man­u­ali and man­ager of LAC Quarry, and the firm’s pur­ported owner/op­er­a­tor, Chi­nese na­tional Mou Ke, were sim­i­larly tagged in a com­plaint.

The NBI is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­cor­po­ra­tors and board of di­rec­tors of the two com­pa­nies iden­ti­fied in the com­plaint.

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