8 nabbed for dumping trash in Ecija market

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

Town police head Maj. Arnel Aguilar identified those eight nabbed 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 one by one while dumping waste materials at the public market in Bgy. Poblacion between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

“Naka-tricycle sila at doon nakakarga ang mga basura tapos tinatapon nila sa palengke nang mahuli sila, madalas daw nila ginagawa yun ngayun 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 proper disposition and the filing of charges against them for violation of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).

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

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