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PIA Press Release
2009/10/07

NVizcaya gov orders probe on firearm, dynamite smuggling in mining town

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (October 7) -- Governor Luisa Cuaresma has ordered an investigation on the reported smuggling of firearms and dynamites in barangay Didipio in Kasibu town, some 60 kilometers from here.

Cuaresma gave the order during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the Function Room after reports showed that wealthy contractors of small scale mining in barangay Didipio have been buying high powered firearms to arm their personnel.

"If you are very good in arresting personnel of illegal gambling, you should also stop the proliferation of firearms and explosives there. There might be misunderstanding and jealousy among small scale miners which will result in a bloody confrontation," Cuaresma told officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Sources who refused to be identified also bared that there were already deaths within barangay Didipio caused by suffocation and collapsing of tunnels but these were not officially reported to the police for fear of government's action to stop small scale mining.

Bishop Ramon Villena also sought the intervention of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop small scale and large scale mining activities in barangay Didipio.

Villena also cited a mauling incident in the village which nearly killed the victim.

"I am alarmed and afraid of the impending violence in barangay Didipio, I am asking concerned government agencies to come in the aid of poor residents who are being victimized by greedy contractors of minerals in barangay Didipio," he said. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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