In a recent letter dated April 20, 2016 addressed to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Leo L. Jasareno, a copy of which was furnished to MGB-IX Regional Director Alfredo T. Relampagos, Legal Counsel for the Balabag-Guinoman-Diplahan Indigenous Peoples (BGD-IP) group Atty. Fernando D. David, had commended MGB for promptly acting on their letter-complaint re the alleged illegal small-scale mining activities in the ancestral land of Baliguian-Guinoman-Diplahan Indigenous Peoples (BGD-IP) in Balabag, Zamboanga del Sur.
In his letter to Jasareno, David informed MGB that based on the actual ground verification conducted by the Indigenous People (IP) in April 15, 2016, “There are no more ‘guerilla type’ of mining by persons under the command of the TVI security officers”.
It can be recalled that MGB had received two separate letter-complaints from Atty. David addressed to Director Jasareno and RD Relampagos respectively, alleging illegal mining activities to be on going within Balabag Mountain, an ancestral land belonging to his clients (BGD-IP). Moreover, Special Civilian Active Auxiliaries (SCAA) was purportedly operating these activities under the command of Security Officers, Ret. Col. Valentino Edang and Ret. Col. Cipriano Bayan of TVI Resource Development Phils. (TVIRDP).