NBI arrests 6 for illegal quarring in Batangas

NBI arrests 6 for illegal quarring in Batangas

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today announced the arrest of six (6) individuals by the NBI-Environmental Crime Division (EnCD) in Lian, Batangas for illegal quarrying.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor identified the subjects as RODEL MARINDUQUE y VERGARA, FRANCIS DACUYA y EBORDE, CLAUDIO TAMAYO y TUMBAGAHAN, ROGER BETONIA y SALAZAR, SONNY MARINDUQUE y BIATON, and JOVENCIO MALABANAN y TEPORA.

OIC Director Distor said that the operation stemmed from the letter sent by the DENR-Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force (EPETF) requesting full assistance to conduct investigation in the alleged illegal quarrying operations in Sitio Matuod, Brgy. Binubusan, Lian Batangas.

In response, joint teams of NBI-EnCD and DENR-EPETF, Mines and Geoscience Bureau-Region IV-A (MGB Region IV-A) conducted a surveillance operation in the target area which verified the existence of illegal quarrying activities within the area despite issuance of a Cease and Desist Order (CDO).

Further verification, the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) of Batangas issued an updated list of existing holders of Special Permit to Transport and Dispose within the Province of Batangas.

The list revealed that there is no existing permit issued within the area of Lian, Batangas, thus, making the quarrying operation in the target area unlawful and illegal.

On June 24, 2021, joint operatives of NBI-ENCD, DENR-MGB Region IV-A, and DENR-Environmental Law Enforcement Protection Service (DENR-ELEPS) conducted a law enforcement operation against the operators of the illegal quarrying activity.

The operation resulted in the arrest of the six (6) subjects.

The subjects were presented for Inquest proceedings before the Office of Prosecutor General, DOJ Manila for violation of Section 103 of RA 7942, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/AI/MTVN)

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