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PROCOR, La Trinidad, Benguet: Joint operation conducted by members of BCPO Station 4 and PMA personnel resulted in the arrest of 17 individuals who were caught in the act of illegal mining inside the PMA Compound, Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City particularly near the Tower 66 in the afternoon of July 20, 2017.

Arrested individuals were identified as Rufino Zubia y Daloria, married, 48, resident of Basa, Loakan Proper, Baguio City; Dayote Artemio y Papay, married, 47, resident of Basa, Camp 4, Tuba, Benguet; Miguel Legaspi y Letada, married, 42, resident of Purok 28, Irisan, Baguio City; Mariano Lacondazo y Facundo, 38, resident of Littac Sur, Santol, La Union; Edgar Lupian y Galleo, married, 37, resident of Purok 28, San Carlos Height, Baguio City; Paul Mark Rivera y Letada, married, 31, resident of Purok 28, San Carlos Heights, Baguio City; Raffy Foy-awon y Acfiawon, 28, native and resident of Camp 4, Tuba, Benguet; Felmore Empizo y Fabian, 27, resident of Camp 6, Tuba Benguet; June Rivera y Peralta, single, 27, resident of Purok 28, Irisan, Baguio City; Wilmer Maclinic y Dalipe, married, 27, resident of Virac, Itogon, Benguet; Marvin Lupian y Sendong, married, 25, resident of Purok 28 Upper Irisan, Baguio City; Aimon Maclinic y Dalipe, single, 22, resident of Basa, Loakan Proper, Baguio City; Herodes Lingfiawan y Chigway, single, 21, resident of Basa, Camp 4, Tuba, Benguet; Joshua TaƱo y Dadacay, single, 19, resident of Purok 28, Irisan, Baguio City; Jake Maclinic y Kay-an, single, 19, resedent of Paracelis, Mountain Province; and two 17 year old minors.

Their arrest is a result of the full cooperation of the community who informed the police of the ongoing illegal mining activities in the area.

Recovered items were more or less 20 sacks of soil; five (5) pieces of newly cut pine lumber used as support for the mining holes; One Blower; One Sledge hammer; One chisel; One shovel; and 15 Flash Lights.

Police is conducting in depth investigation to identify the other miners who escaped during the operation for their immediate arrest.

All arrested individuals and seized items are now under the custody of Police Station 4, Baguio City Police Office for proper disposition and filing of case against them. While the two minors were turned-over to the DSWD.(PROCOR RPIO)