NBI arrests 7 persons for ‘illegal quarrying’

Published July 29, 2022, 6:10 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation (2)

Seven persons allegedly engaged in illegal quarrying in Rizal province have been arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

In a statement issued on Friday, July 29, the NBI identified those arrested last July 26 in Barangay Mascap in Rodriguez town as Alexander Bando, Rochelo Austral, Raul Navarro, Alber Epanto, Kenneth Cornelia, Berny Del Rosario, and Menardo Maligaya.

“The arrested subjects were presented for inquest proceeding before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, San Mateo, Rizal for violation of Section 103 of Republic Act No. 7942, otherwise known as the ‘Philippine Mining Act of 1995,’” the NBI said.

It said the information received by the NBI revealed that “a group of individuals are extracting and disposing minerals without the necessary permit from the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) of the Province of Rizal and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region IV-A (DENR-MGB Region IV-A).”

It said its agents from the Environmental Crime Division (NBI-EnCD) conducted surveillance operations in the area which revealed “that there was indeed an ongoing quarrying activity in the target area being conducted by Amiterra Aggregates Corporation.”

But it said “an updated list of Quarry Permit Holders and Transport and Hauling Permit Holders in the Province of Rizal revealed that Amiterra and its contractor (San Rafael Far Eastern Resources, Inc.) were not included on the said list.”