• 560 SACKS OF CONTRABAND PEBBLES SEIZED

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police seized a huge quantity of beach pebbles and arrested seven who were caught illegally transporting the rocks in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said Thursday.  Policemen and members of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from the town of Gutalac intercepted seven men and seized from them at least 250 sacks pebbles from the seaside village of San Juan. Police said villagers tipped off the illegal activity of the men Lester Gongob, 20; Mercedito Tañola, 27; Julito Cordova, 23; Glen Mangubat, 29; Michael Molijon, 25; Judy Redoble, 20; and Jemar Velasco, 21, all residents of the neighboring town of Labason. Police also seized 310 sacks of pebbles in the nearby coastal village of Osukan where a man, Wendolino Redoble, claimed ownership of the rocks and said he had government permits to transport them.

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