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Chinese back at mine site, but work suspended


NAGA CITY—The 13 Chinese who had been arrested and freed on bail during a raid on a mining site in a Camarines Sur town have returned to the site but are not working as operations have been suspended by the firm that employed the aliens.

Silvino B. Lajom, manager of Bicol Chromite and Manganese Corp. (BCMC), also denied that his firm’s operations were illegal. The Chinese workers were arrested for using dynamites, which Lajom said his firm was allowed to use.

Lajom said BCMC did not violate the terms of its Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He also said the DENR had not ordered a stop to BCMC operations.

BCMC operations were thrust into the open after 13 Chinese workers with ties to the firm were arrested on April 20 in possession of 295 dynamite sticks, blasting caps, wire and clay sticks.

The Chinese, described by Lajom as technicians, were freed on a P2.6-million bail on April 23. Shen Zicheng, consul at the Chinese embassy, took custody of the arrested Chinese.

Lajom said the Chinese were still with BCMC and in their bunkhouses at the Himagtocon mine site. Mining operations, however, have been suspended on orders of Lagonoy Mayor Delfin Pilapil.

Lajom said the Chinese embassy consul came after receiving requests for help from the Chinese community.

He said BCMC holds an exploration permit issued by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau on Nov. 9, 2011.

The permit, said Lajom, allows BCMC to use dynamites.

He said the cease-and-desist order against BCMC operations issued by a municipal task force was related to taxes, not environmental violations.

Lajom said BCMC tried to pay fees to Lagonoy and the provincial government of Camarines Sur but both refused to accept the payment.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEVLIQM7O6KUMLRXO66SQSOUUM sleepy

    throw them back to China!!!

  • pulis

    Na lagyan po si Pnoy ng mga iyan…Talagang talamak na ang mga katarantaduhan sa Reheming Pnoy…Kaya sorry na lang mga ‘egan, weather weather lang yan…

  • wawa2172

    It is funny that Chinese workers have to be hired by the firm to work in the mining company. I guess there are more than enough Filipinos who can do the work especially to that job is too scarce in this country. I guess the Chinese are not only workers but they are the biggest investor in the business. Scaborough shoal? its to small for the Chinese to invade, they have already invaded the mainland from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. The Taipans and other Chinese businessmen have been lording the country economy thus there is no reason to be afraid of Chinese intrusion in shoal and we don’t even need the americans on the issue. Chinese might have been with us since time immemorial and it could proven historically from “siopao, siomai and pancit canton” our all time food favorite to “mang bobote to hardware stores” and from sari-sari stores to Malls. Take note even in Jolo the governor is muslim-chinese with a surname Tan, Manila has Mayor Lim, Gatchalian of Valezuela City and even our President has a chinese root. Where the real Filipinos are, will were submissive people who look to our brother america for protection when were bullied by our chinese brothers too. Well, on both side of the fence the americans and the chinese….were the weak and the loser and we have to accept the reality.

  • randyaltarejos

    You know why these Chinese workers are in that mining site? Because it’s part of the deal. Try to study the projects set up by China overseas, you will notice that employing Chinese workers is always a part of the agreement. 

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Kapag nawala na ang ingay magkakagapangan na naman at magpapatuloy ang operasyon nito at tuloy din ang trabaho ng mga tsino. Habang binu bully ng tsina ang pilipinas sa scarborough shoal, sa mainland pilipinas ay unti unti rin nalululong sa shabu ang bansa at sila rin ang nagma manufacture ng droga!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KVSN266X4LKIQFV6DSKMRCKCWY John

      ” Death Penalty ” ang kailangan ng ating bansa.

  • cantonese

    Do they have working permit for employment? Whom shall we call on this? Immigration,Robledo ,Governor, or Noynoy ing?

    This will not happen if Binay is running our country. GO UNA. 

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