POLICE on Wednesday reported that they arrested the two men for dumping toxic waste into a river in Barangay Bayudbud, Taysan, Batangas.
Police Major Von Eric F. Gualberto, Tuy town police station chief, identified the arrested suspects as Romano Cabrera, 46, married and a resident of Bgy. Bayudbud, and Mark Anthony Austria,38, single, driver of Bgy. Sabang, both in Tuy.
A call from Bgy. Sabang and Bayudbud officials was received by Tuy police station personnel informing that the suspects were a chemical substance into the river around 5 a.m. om August 19, Gualberto said.
The police chief immediately coordinated with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (MENRO), Local Government Units (LGU)s, and verified the report.
The suspects were caught the act of cleaning 16 drums which contained the chemical substance they had just disposed into the river.
The suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 6969, or the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1999,” and RA 9003, or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.”