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Nueva Vizcaya PNP seizes tons of mine tailings

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya (November 11) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has confiscated tons of illegally-transported mine tailings locally called "Luyut" from the gold rush village of Didipio in this town.

Senior Supt. Elmer Beltejar, police provincial director, in a report said more than 61 tons, 60 sacks and 1.5 cubic meter of the prohibited mineral product was confiscated in a separate checkpoints conducted in various exit points in this province during the third quarter of this year.

He said four trucks loaded with "Luyut" and copper were also impounded during the seizure and cases were filed to the environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO).

The successful confiscations were in September 3 in barangay Capissaan here where Bernard Gaddang of barangay Ibulao in Kiangan town and Lorenzo Binwag of barangay Hapao in Hungduan town, all of Ifugao province were arrested with their Isuzu Forward dump truck with plate number RAK 864 and loaded with an estimated 1.5 cubic meters of "Luyut";

September 15 in barangay Didipio where Mateo Daping of Tuba, Benguet and Bong Balalong of barangay Macalong his town were arrested along with their Isuzu Elf colored white and blue with plate number RJW 823 and loaded with 60 sacks of mineral ore; in September 26 in barangay Busilac in Bayombong town where Trinidad Cuntapay of barangay Sangbay in Nagtipunan town in Quirino province and Allan Lalnaresas of barangay Tambo in San Leonardo town in Nuea Ecija province were also arrested with their 1 trailer truck with plate number number ZIT 548 and Freight Forwarder with plate number BUB 698 loaded with more than 48 tons of mineral ore and in September 30 in barangay Bitnong in Dupax del Norte where Margie Maguslog of barangay Calaocan in Bambang town, Rolando Padilla of barangay Magsaysay South in Cabanatuan City were arrested with their 1 dump truck with plate number REX 948 and loaded with more than 23 tons of mine tailings.

"There is an intensified attempt to transport and sell these mine tailings outside our province because of its attractive rate especially in the black market and international buyers," Beltejar, in a recent press conference said.

He said the booming trade of selling mine tailings from barangay Didipio and Alimit was triggered by the upgraded quality of gold deposits meeting the international high grade standard.

Beltejar said they are also in close watch over the proliferation of loose firearms owned by miners in barangays Alimit and Didipio which pose as a threat to the peace and order situation in this town. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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