4 illegal occupants of Botolan foreshore held

June 21, 2020

The National Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrest of four individuals accused of illegal occupation of foreshore land in Botolan, Zambales.

This was in line with the national government’s campaign against environmental crimes, NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor said.

Distor identified the suspects as Lovelian Reyes Bool, Renato Monsalud, Marcelino Gustero Mañosa Jr., and Apollo Tabios.

They were arrested by the NBI-Environmental Crime Division during an operation that stemmed from a report of an alleged occupation of foreshore land in Botolan town.

According to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Iba, Zambales, the alleged occupation of foreshore land by the Sunrise Paradise Resort was illegal.

Despite the order to cease and desist from the on-going construction activities, Sunrise did not refrain from constructing and installing structures, the NBI said.

NBI-EnCD operatives conducted surveillance and it was established that there are structures constructed in the seashore like floating cottages and a bridge made of steel.

Charges for violations of Republic Act 8550 (Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998), Presidential Decree 1067 (Water Code of the Philippines), and PD 705 as amended by Executive Order 277 and RA 7161 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) were filed against the suspects before the Department of Justice.