Authorities discover illegal mining activities in Bulacan
Four persons were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged illegal extraction and transportation of limestone in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province.
NBI director Dante A. Gierran identified the suspects as Ronald Marcelo del Rosario, Jeffrey Ubas Ocquia, Edilberto Villamor delos Santos, and Edison Villamor delos Santos.
An investigation conducted by the Environmental Crime Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau revealed the “rampant” illegal mining activities in the Bulacan town, including transporting illegally-sourced minerals.
The four suspects was discovered to have been excavating the area for limestone. Limestone is a hard sedimentary rock used as building material and in the making of cement.
Authorities estimate the value of seized heavy equipment, such as excavators and dump trucks, at P4 million.
The four suspects are set for inquest proceedings before the Department of Justice, facing charges of theft of minerals in violation of the Philippine Mining Act.
The owner of the quarry operations, meanwhile, has been identified and is subject to investigation.
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