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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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A labor union may file charges against National Bureau of Investigation agents for hauling in 21 of its guards for questioning while serving a search warrant for illegal possession firearms at the defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. in Sipalay City Monday, lawyer Jovim Entila said yesterday.

Entila, who represents the National Mines and Allied Workers Union, said that after the 21 hired by NAMAWU to guard the properties it levied from MMC were taken by the NBI, guards from a group not known to them took over in securing the defunct mines.

The NAMAWU-hired security guards who were brought to the NBI Bacolod office were allowed to return home yesterday, NBI Bacolod head Renoir  Baldovino said.

Some of the guns seized from the guards were confirmed to have expired permits, Baldovino said. Of the firearms seized, two were long arms and the others were .38 caliber revolvers.

If the papers are in order for the other guns, they will be released, Baldovino said.

However, he could not give an exact figure on the number of firearms seized Monday for verification of permits, sayingthe NBI agents from Manila had the data.

The local NBI and the Armyonly augmented the NBI agents from Manila in serving a search warrant issued by a Quezon City judge for illegal possession of firearms, Baldovino reiterated. The NBI agents from Manila refused to be interviewed on Monday.

Entila said the search warrant issued by the court only named one person who was not among those brought in for questioning.

NAMAWU had hired the 12 guards from the San Vicente Security Agency in Cebu and nine from DSR to secure its levied property at the mines, Entila said.

There are about 1,000 former MMC workers claiming P159 million allegedly due them that, they say, should be paid with properties from the defunct mine site.*CPG


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