8 Chinese nationals, 4 Filipinos face illegal mining charges in Pagadian City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:47

By HIROHITO D. CADION

 

PAGADIAN CITY – Police have filed charges Wednesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office here against eight Chinese nationals and three Filipinos earlier arrested for illegal mining in this city, an official disclosed Wednesday.

City police chief, Supt. Glenn Dulawan, said the charges were filed Wednesday for violating the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

Dulawan said the charges were filed against Chinese nationals Liu Gi Yi, 29; Chung Yong De, 27; Zhang Shu Kei, 24; Duan Guang Zong, 55; Lui Chang Yin, 50; Xiao Min, 36; Tang Zihan, 25; and a certain “Dong dong,” 39.

The three Filipinos were identified as Jennilyn Ramirez, 25, the group’s chief cook; Roy Damondamon; and Jose Sabroso.

Dulawan said also included in the charge sheet is Rene Bersales, who is at large.

Dulawan said the arrested suspects identify Bersales as their “boss.”

Dulawan said the suspects were arrested in an anti-mining operation on Monday at Labangan River in Barangay Lower Sibatang, this city.

Dulawan said they were arrested by combined personnel from the local police and from the Provincial Environment Office, which is under the office of the provincial governor.

Dulawan said they have coordinated with the Bureau of Immigration and it was learned that the Chinese nationals are holders of tourist visas.

He said the arresting team have confiscated two back hoes and several doormats being used as filters.

The suspects are temporarily detained at the lock-up cell of the city police.