A JAPANESE was among nine suspected illegal miners and operators arrested on Monday in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. Reports at Camp Crame identified the suspects as Tadashi Ogawa, 27; Neil dela Cruz, 32; Marlon Gonhuran, 25; Samson Pableo, 53; Diosdado Soria, 25; David Salvaña, 25; Juanito Euraba, 54; Concordio Galvo,41; and Diosdado Linao, 51—all residents of Barangay San Ignacio. The suspects were arrested during a joint operation by the Butuan City Police Station and Public Safety Company at Tuway in Barangay Bonbon. Village chief Segundina Mundia called the authorities after learning about the illegal mining activities. Seized were a motor engine, black plastic pipe, four shovels, two steel bars and a heavy hammer.