4 men hunting for treasure in Victoria cave arrested PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:22

Four treasure hunters were arrested by personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and policemen of the Sangali Police Station in Victoria last Sunday afternoon.

Nabbed were  Arturo Manlangit y Alberto, 55, married, Edgardo Barredo y Bello, 49, widow, both of Barangay Victoria, this city, Ronald Villanueva y Eijansantos, 49, married, and Roel Aizon y Natividad, 44, both of Barangay Manicahan.

A police report disclosed that the three suspects were caught engaging in illegal treasure hunting inside a cave around 3 p.m.

Police said the arrest was a joint operation of Police Station-3 Sangali led by Sr. Insp. Joel Tuttuh and personnel of DENR 9 headed by Michael D. Felicitas, Chief Ecosystem and Victoria.Barangay Chairman Joselito Siga,

Tuttuh said the suspects violated Republic Act 9072 otherwise known as National Cave and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.

Confiscated from their possession were different tools and documents such as a  booklet with number characters, small blue notebook, Japanese dictionary, regular size notebook, a sketch with characters, 2 chisels, 1 diameter round metal, 1 iron mallet, 1 shovel, 1 plot metal bar, 1 improvised metal detector, 1 survey tape, 1 meter tape, 1 plastic protractor, 1 compass, 1 head lamp, 1 magnet, 5 plastic container,s 2 concrete nails, 1 ball pen and1 magnifying lens.

Police said the suspects could not produce papers from the DENR allowing them to engage in treasure hunting.

The suspects as well as the seized items were turned over to the DENR for the filing of charges in court. – Dan Toribio Jr.