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4 foreigners, 11 Filipinos sued for illegal mining in N. Mindanao

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WORKERS tapped to help enforce an order of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau dismantle machines being used for illegal mining in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. FILE PHOTO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Northern Mindanao has sued four foreign nationals and 11 Filipinos and their companies for alleged illegal gold mining activities along the Iponan River.

MGB regional director Rex Monsanto said Friday he and lawyer Christine Lu, the bureau’s legal officer here, filed the charges before the city prosecutors’ office and the Misamis Oriental prosecutor’s office.

Those charged, identified with KFNET Corp., were Koreans Kim Hyo Soeg and Kim Hyong; and Filipinos Oliver Paningbatan, Zarex Ramirez, Elmer del Rosario, Leo Ching and Onofre Contreras.

On the side of the Philippine Long Sangda Mining Corp., charged were Chinese nationals Yuan Xue Song and Huang Ying Yiang; and their Filipino associates Johnry Loreja, Lucille Sy, Janette Go Sy, Roberto Buniales, Marilou Alquizar and Ivy Edong.

Monsanto said the 15 were identified as directors or incorporators of the companies conducting illegal gold mining operations along the Iponan River, based on documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Monsanto said the MGB filed the complaint against KFNET at the provincial prosecutor’s office after they were able to determine through GPS tracking that the firm was operating in the Opol, Misamis Oriental side of the Iponan River.

Philippine Long Sangda, on the other hand, was found to have been operating in the Cagayan de Oro side of the river, he said.

Monsanto said the MGB had ordered the companies to stop their activities as early as February but they ignored it.

He said the MGB had acquired pieces of evidence, including photographs and documents, which showed that the companies continued to operate despite the cease and desist order.

City prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said he would carefully study the MGB complaint and help the bureau in building a strong case against the suspects based on an order given by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

De Lima was here recently and had instructed prosecutors to help in strengthening cases against illegal mining activities.

Incidentally, Macauyag was the same prosecutor who dismissed the illegal mining complaint filed by the environment watchdog Sulog against two Chinese nationals last week “on the basis of technicalities.”

The suspects, Zong Hengyuan and He Jiancheng, were arrested in late October by the multi-sectoral task force against mining, which included Sulog, for illegal mining activities along the Iponan River.


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  • jrng16

    segurado kaming mga taga CdeO na madismiss din ang kason iyon, dahil protetado ng mga malaking politicians dito sa amin ang illegal na mining na iyon, tabangi mi sec de lima

    • RomyLitz

      Start shooting these illegal miners and the Bureau of Mines officials who doesn’t approve any license to mine. The tons of GOLD are idle and unemployment rate is rising every month so time for Pnoy to act on extracting these precious minerals by removing all legal impediments to mining in Iponan. Right now, only those with the rich supply of bullets and the guns enjoy the wealth from these precious metals extraction.

  • nti_boohaya

    Kalokohan.  Just like jueteng these dudes are just doing a classic shakedown.  The bottom line is: Money talks, bullshit walks. Ningas cogon!

  • Danny Bravo

      sino  bang  protector  nito,,,  pulitiko  din,,,,,  ang  responde  dito,,ipatatawag,,,,iimbistigahan,,,ang  resulta  tuloy ang  ligaya,,,kayo-kayo  din  ang  naglolokohan  ,,,,subukan  ninyong  mamayan  ang  humatol  at  kakasuhan  ito  ng  gobyerno  ,,tatangkilikin  pa  itong  gumagawa  ng  illigal  na  pag-  mimina,,,,  paikutan  lang  ito,,,  sa  mangmang  mahirap  itong  mabisto  pero  sa  katulad  ko  impossibleng  makalusot  ito

  • RomyLitz

    So what shall we do with the remaining tons of Gold in Iponan if we keep on harassing these gold miners? The Filipinos in Iponan should likewise use the services of either Mapua or UP or MSU graduates in metallurgy instead of Koreans and Chineses. These Filipinos should be jailed for both illegal mining and treason.

  • dikoy321

    Also file CHARGES against City prosecutor Fidel Macauyag for negligence releasing the previously-arrested foreigners!

    Did Macauyag lose his ”bayag”?

    He gets paid people’s tax money to run after thieves, NOT release those accused!

    The environemntal Watchdog SULOG is not paid by government!

    It goes w/o saying that SULOG will make SURE their accusations have basis/probable CAUSE sufficient to pin down those foreigners!

    Sec De Lima, pls also file CHARGES against City prosecutor Fidel Macauyag !

    Of course all those foreigners and their Pinoy accomplices must be charged too!

    GO GO GO Environmental Watchdog  SULOG !!!

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lolo.mo.73997 Lolo Mo

    Wala yan. Puro Chinese ang foreigners, Filipino-Chinese din ang local investors. Walang Pilipino dito dahil walang kapital! Basta may anomalya, palaging Chinese ang involve. Tandaan ninyo ang banta ng bagong leader ng China, “Let us get rid of corruption or our government and country will go down.” Corruption and illegal activities is in the blood of Chinese!

  • pugadlawin

    Illegal mining is as common as illegal logging.. it is everywhere but no one is jailed.

    Sec. de Lima, let us prove we have changed.

    Put these exploiters behind bars.

  • msm25

    okay to…buti naman naaksyunan agad natin to…dalawa lng ang ibg sbihin nito…una, na wala tlagang small scale mining…pangfront lng tlaga ang pgiging small scale dhil sa totoo lng, yang mga kuryano at intsik na ngpopondo sa knila…pangalawa, na cla tlagang mga illegal ang lumalapastangan sa kalikasan ntin dhil sa mga mali at unsupervised practices nla…

  • sakinlang

    I FIRING SQUAD NA KAAGAD ANG MGA IYAN!

  • mrbano

    PAGING DENR: PWEDE BA KYONG MAGLISTA NG MGA NGAWA NIYO NG AKSYON TUNGKOL SA ILLEGAL MINING. UNG MAY PINATUNGUHAN. HNDI UNG SINAWSAWAN NIYO LANG. KNG MERON MAN. NSOLUSYONAN NIYO NA BA UNG INIREREKLAMO NI CERILLES NA KAMOTENG MINING FIRM. UNG PEKE PERO BNIGYAN NYO PARIN NG PERMIT TO MINE. (O_o)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KUNG SA SINGAPORE YAN FIRING SQUAD NA YAN SINISIRA ANG PILIPINAS WALA NA TALAGANG ASENSO PILIPINAS PURO MGA KAWATAN ANO KLASENG BATAS MERON ANG PILIPINAS MAKAKALAYA RIN YAN MAKITA MO LAGAY LANG ANG SULUSYON JAN KAYA WAG KA NG MAG TAKA KUNG BAKIT LIBO LIBO ANG PILIPINO SA SINGAPORE NA TAGALINIS NG ENEDORO LIDER NATIN UTAK INIDORO DIN”’



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