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Cops nab QC village chair, 20 others for intruding a mining company in Agusan

By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur– – Local police arrested the barangay chairman from Metro Manila and about 20 other men who intruded the administration building of the gold mining company in this town.

Capt. Kristopher Niel Nono, police chief of the Municipal Police Station here, said a certain Joseph Mahusay, known as the chairman of Barangay Pansol in Quezon City, led some 11 convoy of cars to sneak through the gate by tailing the dump trucks carrying ores to forcibly gain entry going towards the façade of the building even as company guards tried to stopped and asked them to present their clearance.

Lawyer Luis Sy, Philsaga Mining Corp. (PMC) legal counsel, said they will charge Mahusay and his cohorts intially with tresspassing to private property case while further investigation by the company’s security personnel is going on.

Mahusay and his men were brought to the police station where they were interrogated for hours as investigators found out in their cars, three concealed Glock 17 pistols with reserved magazines of bullets, one belonged to a policeman who failed to present an authority to act as escort or security detail.

Rosario police investigators are also preparing another case of firearms use violations against the gun owners.

The administration building of Philsaga Mining Corp. where the 11 cars led by Quezon City Barangay Chairman Joseph Mahusay gate grashed . Photo courtesy of Bryan Galaraga

Sy said Mahusay’s forcible entry is illegal since the court order that he brought to serve to PMC executives inside the building was just a plea for the pending case against PMC President Raul C. Villanueva to be transferred to an appropriate court.

The order stemmed from a writ of injunction at a Davao City court filed by Mahusay against Villanueva for continuing to act as PMC president and member of the board of directors even if he already sold to Mahusay his shares of stocks with Philsaga Management and Holdings amounting to 125,000 common shares.

It was the second time that a court order was served at the PMC administration building. The first was only received outside the well-secured gate as the court sheriff was not allowed to get inside

Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan, 1st vice executive judge and presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court in Davao City issued the TRO.

Villanueva has earlier said the move was to prevent him from performing his functions allegedly perpetrated by the company’s Australian partner X64 to eventually take over PMC

PMC accused Jeff McGlinn, managing director of Ten Sixty Four (ASX: X64) Limited, who holds 40 percent of PMC shares, as behind the moves to remove Villanueva.

Mahusay, who was installed by McGlinn to replace Villanueva as president claimed the latter continued to act as PMC president and member of the board of directors even if he already sold to Mahusay his shares of stocks with Philsaga Management and Holdings amounting to 125,000 common shares.

But Villanueva denied he sold his share of stocks to Mahusay, saying the documents were fabricated.

He said several lapses were found in the document, including the forged signature of the notary public, which Villanueva claimed is enough ground to file a case against Mahusay.

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