A CAMARINES Norte judge has issued a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) stopping the unabated and continuous mining operation of Bohai Top Mining International in Barangay Napaod, Labo, CamNorte.
Judge Arniel A Dating of the 5th Judicial Region, Branch 64 at Labo, Camarines Norte, issued the TRO based on the complaint filed by Rommelito Fenix against Gov Edgardo Tallado under SCA case No. 2012-0028.
“All persons, natural or judicial, have been ordered to immediately cease and desist from conducting further mining activity operation at Bgy. Napaod, Labo, Camarines Norte, utilizing the so-called small-scale mining permit issued by Gov. Edgardo Tallado until the termination of the case,” the order stated.
From the evidence disclosed to the court, the order further stated that “the said mining activity... is more than a small-scale mining activity considering the use of heavy equipment.” The court felt that irreparable injury to the environment will continue if no TEPO is issued.
Prior to the issuance of TEPO, a dismantling order was issued by Region V DENR Director Theodore Rommel E. Pestano, pointing out that upon the formation on February 6, 2013 of a joint NBI-MGB-PNP-Bureau of Immigration, it found out that the continued processing of minerals will pose potential hazard to its immediate environs aside from the fact that it violates RA 7942, EO79 and presidential directives.
Pestano acted on the persistent complaints of concerned citizens and barangay residents who brought their problems to the office of Congresswoman Cathy Bartcelona Reyes.
The joint operation of the composite team seized several backhoe, payloaders and other heavy equipment and held around 14 Chinese nationals who were subjected to inquest investigation at the Department of Justice and subsequently detained at the NBI for lack of legal documents. – Journal Online