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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 8, 2018
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Complaint lodged
vs. NBI mines raid
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

 

The National Mines and Allied Workers Unionis asking National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran to look into the questionable actions of NBI agents from Manila that led to the takeover of their security force at the defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. site in Sipalay City, NAMAWU leader Arnel Araneta said yesterday.

The union is also asking the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to help them enforce the court order that they are the rightful owners of the levied scrap materials at the mines.

They are also preparing to file charges against the NBI agents who brought their 21 security guards at MMC to Bacolod Monday, Araneta said.

NAMAWU Manila lawyer Cecilio Jimeno arrived yesterday to prepare the necessary paper work for the filing of charges, he said.

The NBI agents had brought the 21 guards to their Bacolod office for questioning after serving a search warrant for illegal possession of firearms at MMC.

There was only one name on the search warrant and that person was not among the 21 brought in, Araneta said.

NAMAWU had hired the 21 to guard the properties it had levied from MMC. However, when the 21 were brought for questioning, another group of guards not hired by them took over in securing the defunct mines, Araneta said.

Araneta said he was informed that only five firearms were seized from the guards.

NBI Bacolod head Renoir  Baldovino said some of the seized guns had expired permits.*CPG

 

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