8 held for dumping garbage in Ecija market

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija - Six men and two women in separate tricycles on Wednesday were arrested for illegally dumping garbage in the vicinity of the public market in this town.

Town police head Maj. Arnel Aguilar identified the eight as Juan De Jesus Jr. of Bgy. Tikiw, Michael Sulit, 21, of Bgy. Maugat; Juanito Bernardo, 53, and Elenita Bernardo, 53, both of Bgy. Luyos; Rodel Cruz, 52, of Bgy. Julo; Bobby Villarico; Marianet Sonza, 49, and Mark Frances Mina, 23, of Bgy. Maugat.

Aguilar said patrol enforcers of the municipal hall caught the suspects while dumping waste materials at the public market in Bgy. Poblacion between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Naka-tricycle sila at doon nakakarga ang mga basura tapos itinatapon nila sa palengke nang mahuli sila. Madalas daw nila ginagawa ‘yun, ngayon lang sila nahuli,” Aguilar told this reporter in a phone interview yesterday.

Aguilar said municipal environment and natural resources officer George Santiago brought the suspects to the police station for filing of charges for violation of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).

At the police station, the suspects reportedly pleaded to be forgiven and promising they would not commit the same infraction again.

Aguilar said the filing of charges against the suspects did not push through after Mayor Arvin Salonga allowed the eight to render community service after warning the suspects not to do it again.