The City Government may request for an investigation to establish the legitimacy and conduct of the agents from NBI Manila when they arrested the employees of the Environment and Natural Resources who were nabbed Thursday afternoon for allegedly unloading garbage in the Candau-ay dumpsite.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo pointed out that the arresting team from NBI has no copy of the purported closure order from the DENR. In fact, the NBI team did not coordinate with their local counterparts, the Philippine National Police, the regional and provincial offices of the DENR.
Top officials of the city deplored the warrantless arrest and near detention of seven (7) employees of the Environment and Natural Resources Office by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila who treated the workers like common criminals.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo met with the arresting NBI team in order to explain the side of the local government and to provide moral and legal assistance to the arrested employees namely Ramon Larena, Jesus Lazaga, Anthon Van Vendiola, Anjoe M. Naguit, Arnold Loyola, Ma. Erlinda Sarne and Junmar Andres.
City Legal Officer Manuel Arbon and Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario accompanied Mayor Remollo who facilitated their release from the custody of the team from NBI Manila in the same evening.
Mayor Remollo clarified that closure orders of the dumpsite were issued even before he assumed office but that his administration was able to submit the required Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan of the Candau-ay dumpsite that was duly approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
It is the reason why the 4th closure order along the P 2.5 million fine was not imposed since DENR was convinced that the city government was serious in the implementation of the plan to close the dumpsite and the establishment of a sanitary landfill and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in a sizable lot bought by the city in Candau-ay.