Ca­gayan po­lice of­fi­cers

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By RAYMUND CATINDIG

and health work­ers board one of four Chi­nese ves­sels docked at the Port of Aparri yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of il­le­gally trans­port­ing black sand and to check the crew for symp­toms of coro­n­avirus dis­ease. Photo cour­tesy of Aparri po­lice chief Capt. Mario Marag­gun.

TUGUE­GARAO CITY, Ca­gayan – An inter-agency team is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing four Chi­ne­se­named ves­sels that docked at the Port of Aparri in this prov­ince last Thurs­day for sus­pected black sand min­ing and the pos­si­ble risk of spread­ing the novel coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19).

Ca­gayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said the team is com­posed of of­fi­cers from the Philip­pine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC), Mar­itime Po­lice and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Aparri, rep­re­sented by mu­nic­i­pal health of­fi­cer Rowena Guz­man-Maran­tan.

The team was deployed yes­ter­day to in­spect the ac­tiv­i­ties of the ves­sels Xiang Yueng Huo (Silk Road) 12, 13, 14 and 16, which are mas­tered by Vi­o­leto Batal­lones, Narceso Sales, Xu Meng Si and Li Bin Hua, re­spec­tively.

Mamba said the ves­sels’ crewmem­bers would un­dergo med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion for pos­si­ble COVID-19.

Mamba cited re­ports that the wa­ter­craft, which all orig­i­nated from the Port of Sta. Cruz, Zam­bales, are “dredger ves­sels.”

He said the ves­sels are al­legedly owned by the Riverfront Con­struc­tion Inc., with business ad­dress at Unit 101 Di­a­mond Tower, 81 Mariv­e­les St., Man­daluy­ong City and rep­re­sented by Feng Li, its pres­i­dent and CEO.

Riverfront was one of the com­pa­nies sub­jected to an in­quiry by the Ca­gayan Pro­vin­cial Board in Au­gust last year when it in­ves­ti­gated al­leged black sand min­ing op­er­a­tions in Aparri in the guise of dredg­ing the sea port.

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