Police arrest 19 small scale miners

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ORIENTAL MINDORO—Police have arrested 19 small scale miners for illegal gold mining in tourist destination Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

Chief Insp. Juan Calaluan, information officer of the Oriental Mindoro police, said the 19 were arrested in the mountain village of Dulangan.

The Oriental Mindoro Provincial Public Safety Company and the Regional Public Safety Battalion 4B raided the illegal mining operation in Dulangan, according to a statement issued by Calaluan.

Seized from the group were mining tools and equipment that included generators, pipes and large plastic basins.

Mike Jumig, chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), said those arrested face charges of illegal exploration, extraction and theft of minerals.

Board Member Romy Infantado said an ordinance against small scale mining would be finalized.

He said guidelines are being prepared with the help of quarry operators, Alliance Against Mining, Penro and local Church leaders. Madonna T. Virola, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UWXUQZQDNSRTVWMFCUHAYA7OOA John

    Sa Paracale, Camarines Norte walang hinuhuling gold miners na mga illegal for almost a century now. Paracale is a bicol term which means digger or nagagawa ng kanal. Why no apprehension?
    Kasi siguro yong mga nakukuha nilang ginto ang pinanglalagay nila. You know what I mean.

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

    DI MATITIGIL YANG ILEGAL NA YAN HANGGAT WALA MAIBIGAY NA HANAP BUHAY ANG GOBYERNO PILIPINAS BANSA NG MILYON MILYON TAMBAY AT NANINILAW ANG MATA SA GUTOM!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    kung maliliit
    hinuhuli

    kung malalaki, dayuhan at intsik
    pinapabayaan lang sirain ang ating kalikasan

    tinatakbo pa ating kayamanan

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