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10 individuals nabbed for illegal small-scale mining in Claveria, Cagayan

CAMP MARCELO A ADDURU, TUGUEGARAO CITY – Ten malefactors including a minor were arrested in the act of digging stones constituting illegal mining along the shoreline of Barangay D’Leano, Claveria, Cagayan at about 3:30 in the morning today.

The illegal activity was reported by the barangay officials of said municipality which prompted the operatives of Western Cagayan Maritime Police Station (MARPSTA) - Maritime Group, Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Canine (EOD K9) Unit and Claveria Police Station to conduct surveillance which yielded positive.

Arrested during said police operation were Edgene Caligan, Reylie Acob, Noel Inocencio, Joel Caligan Jr., Rhayan Avanzado, Oscar Avanzado, Noel Avanzado and Clarence Magayano Sr who are residents of Claveria, Cagayan. Also arrested were Keith Reeve Julaquit and "Dodong," a minor, both from Conner, Apayao. 

Confiscated from the direct possession of the suspects include one water pump set, two steel mallet, one hand held radio, two pieces ordinary blasting cap, one piece ordinary five feet time fuse, more or less fifty grams of Ammonium fuel oil (ANFO), one liter gasoline and four pieces steel chisel.

Said suspects will be subjected for Inquest Proceeding before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor for Violation of Republic Act 7076 otherwise known as People’s Small-scale Mining Act of 1991 while the minor offender will be endorsed to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Claveria for the determination of discernment and appropriate disposition.