6 Chinese nabbed for illegal mining in Agusan del Sur


SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur — Six Chinese nationals were arrested on Saturday night for their alleged involvement in illegal mining operation near Mt. Magdiwata watershed that destroyed the waterways of a river in a remote village of this town.

Police could not yet ascertain the identities of the suspects since only two of them presented identification cards from the Bureau of Immigration that already expired last May.

Another Chinese national known as Jason Lu, believed to be the “big boss” and co-financier, managed to escape.

Two local residents who worked with them positively identified the suspects, now detained at the town jail, after they accompanied operatives to raid their residence at the town center.

Senior Inspector Ephraim Detuya, local police chief, said they would file on Monday formal charges against the Chinese nationals for violation of the mining act while awaiting information from the immigration bureau about their status in staying in the country.

The arrest came after a two-day raid by a joint team of police and staff of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office at the illegal mine site in Mati village that contaminated and depleted the source of potable water and irrigation for rice fields in nearby Maligaya village.

The team confiscated a backhoe used to excavate and destroy the riverbed and banks, a power-generating set, steel pipes used to suction water, sand and gravel towards the mine tailings pond and other mining equipment.

The suspects managed to scamper away during the raid but the two Filipino workers cooperated with investigators to locate them.

Located just a kilometer away from the Magdiwata watershed, the 24-hour mining activities, which started barely a month ago has left an extensive damage to the river banks as the Chinese miners dug up the area with backhoes in an effort to follow the gold vein.

A security guard, whose identity police have withheld pending investigation, said a Chinese chemist used a pinkish liquid to easily separate the gold from other minerals while being processed at the tailings pond but the chemical brought from China was believed to be more toxic.

The guard disclosed that the mining operation was intensified after the miners started extracting at least 100 grams of gold a day.

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  • kinutil

    Patayin yang mga kumag na intsik na yan. Ang karagatan natin inaangkin ng mga kumag nayan at pati na ang kaloobloobanan ng ating bansa binabalasubas,kaya siguro malakas ang loob ng mga yan dahil na rin siguro sa mga kaalyado nilang mga NPA na kanilang nigiging protector.

  • kinutil

    MGA UNGAS na mga LGU at DENR, dapat pati kayo patayin.

  • Lolo_Basyong


  • Zmar

    CHINESE again? oh my… we have so many starving crocodiles in our zoos and parks, why can’t we just feed them with Chinese meat? crocodiles love Chinese meat…it would save us big time…

    we also have lots of crocodiles in our Congress and Senate… they love not just Chinks but also PORK… why can’t we just shoot them all? ….sigh….

  • pfckulapu_parin

    CHINESE where ever they go they steal anything…
    They are thief in nature….

  • DGuardian

    Bakit walang ginagawang aksyon si Presidente Aquino sa nangyayaring mga pagnanakaw ng ating mga mineral resources ng mga Chinese? Ano ang ginagawa ng DENR, DILG , PNP at local government units pati na ng mga residente sa nasabing mga lugar? Ang mga Pilipinong naninirahan doon ay walang anumang malasakit at pagmamahal sa mga likas na yaman ng ating bansa at pinababayaan na nakawin ng mga Chinese ang mga ito at maaaring tumutulong pa sila at nagpapabayad sa mga Chinese. Kung magkakaroon ng TOTAL MINING BAN, wala nang anumang maidadahilan ang mga Chinese illegal miners na mayroon silang permit to mine dahil alam nating wala nang pinapayagang pagmimina sa bansa. Tanging TOTAL MINING BAN ang solusyon para matigil na ang ginagawang pagnanakaw ng mga Chinese at iba pa sa ating mga mineral resources.

  • $39764945

    From the University of Minnesota-Environmental and Occupational Health on: The Adverse or Harmful Health effects of Elemental or Metallic mercury used in gold mining and its symptoms of neurotoxicity(or poisons to the nervous system and the brain) are

    1.neuromuscular weakness, muscle twitching

    2.numbness in fingers and toes

    3.slurred speech

    4.memory loss, and decreased performance in cognitive functions

    5.irritability, extreme nervousness, shyness,loss of confidence

    6.fatigue, insomnia

    7.visual loss


    9.hearing loss

    10.paralysis and brain damage as what happened in the fishing village of Minamata Japan in 1953-1960 where more than 700 people died because of the mercury wastes dumped into the Minamata Bay.

    The evil nature of the Chinese seems to be showing everywhere they go.

    On Fox news July 15,2013- 4,592 Chinese leave ( deported) Ghana after illegal mining crackdown.Most came from Shanglin Guangxi China.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      There are mechanical separators that do not require chemicals/mercury. Greed however causes people to use mercury in gold mining.

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