Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet: At least five small scale miners were separately arrested after they were caught in the act of processing gold ores at Panat, Suyoc, Mankayan, Benguet Thursday of November 14, 2019.

Joint operatives of Mankayan police, in coordination with the personnel of MGB-CAR and DENR/CENRO apprehended Josue Abansi Delmas, 42, native of Central Kapangan, Kapangan, Benguet, Kurt Tacay Briones, 32, native of Tokmo, Loadan, Itogon, Benguet and Christopher Minong Mat-an, 33, native of Itogon, Benguet and after an hour later, Rudy Juliano y Otingey, 48, native of Panat, Suyoc, Mankayan, Benguet was also apprehended. All of the above are miners by occupation.

The operatives were conducting operation on the different mining site which led to the arrest of the suspects who were caught red handed while processing ore by the use of ball mill.

They are now facing charges for Violation of RA 7076known as Illegal Processing of Ore, however, they posted bail bond for their temporary liberty.

Evidence such as two (2) motor (dynamo) with an estimated value of Php 23,000.00, and 12 half sacks of ore with undetermined value were confiscated and now under the custody of the operating units.

PROCOR warned miners without permit to stop processing gold ores in the provinces to avoid any violations.(PROCOR RPIO)