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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Seven “porters” have surrendered in relation to charges of violating Republic Act (RA) 8978, or the Mount Kitanglad Range Protected Area Act.

In an interview Thursday, Major Jaemar Paguidopon, chief of police of Impasugong Police Station, said the respondents acted as guides and porters to the 26 mountaineers who climbed Mt. Kitanglad without proper clearance in December last year.

“They were hired by the mountaineers to help carry their belongings, and the prosecution found probable cause of their involvement,” he said.

Paguidopon said the accused surrendered Wednesday afternoon and immediately posted bail amounting to PHP30,000 each.

Those who surrendered were identified as Rhonz Frince Mitt Nere, 23; Glenn Tarroza, 23; Kirk Patrick Carpio, 25; Kady Valmorez, 18; Jheymore Pugoy, 22; Novenne Edward  Lauga, 20; Vincent Philip Sinanggote, 22.

Paguidopon said the accused have standing warrant of arrest for the violation of RA 8978 signed by Hon. Jerlie Luis-Requerme, the presiding judge of Municipal Trial Court in Impasugong-Sumilao, Bukidnon, dated June 8, 2022.

The other mountaineers were also charged under the same law and have already posted bail. (PNA)