Former Placer Mayor Chari T. Mangacop, disarmed*
NDF-Northeastern Mindanao Official Newspaper
May 27, 2011
According to the report of a guerrilla unit of the New People’s Army in Front 16, they raided without firing a shot, the house of the former mayor of Placer, Surigao del Norte, Chari Mangacop at around 6:00 in the evening of May 25, 2011. They confiscated two (2) M16 armalite rifles, one (1) shotgun and two (2) .45 calibre handguns and several ammunitions.
They destroyed the machineries and vehicles used for large-scale mining. The machineries were contracted to Tag-anito Mining Corporation, a large scale mining company that have long been extracting minerals in the region and destroying the mountains of Surigao del Norte.
Large-scale mining is rapidly and severely destroying the environment. The extensive flooding of the Caraga region in February of this year was a result of the depletion of the trees in the mountains and loss of land which holds water. The people of Caraga suffered destruction of homes and livelihood because of the floods especially in areas where there is unconstrained mining. The people suffer from the destruction while the large mining companies enjoy the fruits.