DENR AND POLICE INTERCEPT ILLEGALLY TRANSPORTED MINERAL ORES
Police officers of the Atok MPS with the Enforcement & Monitoring Section of CENRO-Buguias together with MGB-CAR lawyer Atty. Ma. Desiree Zan Lud-ayen file cases at the provincial prosecutors office.
Photo by: MGB-CAR
A total of 920 sacks of suspected mineral ores were confiscated by the joint forces of Atok Municipal Police Station under the leadership of its chief, PMAJ. Gregorio C. Kiwalan, the DENR-CAR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-Buguias under the helm of For. Leonora S. Garcia and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) in a period of two weeks.
On February 28, 2022, at around 5:30 in the afternoon a truck bearing plate number RKJ 207 was intercepted by members of the Atok Municipal Police Station at Sayangan, Atok for transporting suspected sacks of mineral ore without the necessary Ore Transport Permit. Apprehended were Primo Malliao, Jr. driver, and Donong Wandas, helper. Four hundred fifty (450) sacks of suspected mineral ore were confiscated.
On March 8, 2022, a week after, another truck with plate number RNG 386 carrying suspected illegal mineral ores was chanced upon Km 22 of Halsema Highway. Said truck was carrying 470 sacks of suspected mineral ore. The driver, Mariel Piglay and his helper Leysam Ligutan were apprehended. According to them, they were instructed by the truck owner Franklin Yubos to deliver their cargo (scrap metal) to Shilan, La Trinidad.
Violation of Sections 53 and 110 of RA 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act were filed against those apprehended.
Results of the analysis of the confiscated mineral ores yielded high content of gold and copper.
By: Sheila May V. Sanqui with reports from Engr. Dino Sab-it and EMS, CENRO-Buguias