In Uncategorized on August 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm
Smuggling of sand from Cagayan’s ‘Boracay’ bared
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Authorities on Thursday intercepted ten truckloads of white sand that were extracted from the beaches of Santa Ana town in Cagayan, widely touted as “Boracay of the North”.
Mayor Darwin Tobias said the convoy of 10 dump trucks were stopped by police and environment personnel following a chase at Barangay Racat, about 20 km from the source of their load in San Vicente village.
The drivers failed to show any quarry permit or any written order upon verification and questioning, he said.
In Uncategorized on August 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm
‘Labuyo’ hammers N. Vizcaya
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–residents recounted the rude awakening they had on Monday dawn when typhoon “Labuyo” slammed northern Luzon, whopping winds and dousing rains that caused flooding in many areas.
The aftermath of the typhoon saw hundreds of families, especially those in riverside communities, forced out of their houses and scrambling to safer grounds as water rose in the early morning.
Many admitted they were uninformed and ill-prepared.
ROLL CALL. On a roadside shed, village councilwoman Salvacion Orpiano prepares the list of residents in Busilac village in Bayombong town who were displaced by flashfloods on Monday morning, a few hours after the worst of typhoon “Labuyo” was felt in Nueva Vizcaya. Men and children watch the raging waters of Magat river. Photo by Melvin Gascon
In Uncategorized on August 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Case of illegal Chinese miners marked ‘handle with care’
APARRI, Cagayan—With the tense relationship with China in mind, the government has opted to take it easy on 18 Chinese workers, who were arrested here by National Bureau of Investigation agents last week for alleged illegal mining.
Eva Antiporda, alien control officer of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) here, said her agency has been making a conscious effort not to mishandle the case of the Chinese workers, concerned that a single mistake could further worsen diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China.
“We do not want this already-tense situation to escalate with our improper handling of this sensitive issue,” she said.