Cebu, Benguet landslides probed

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The House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources yesterday confirmed it will probe the causes of the massive landslides that killed more than 200 people in the City of Naga in Cebu and Itogon, Province of Benquet.

Committee Chairman Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (South District, Cebu City) said the investigation will start after 11 November after the resolution sponsored by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate was adopted.

Abellanosa added that there are pending resolutions calling for the repeal of the mining law, rehabilitation of the mined areas and stricter rules on mining and quarrying in the country. But the probe on the landslides will be prioritized.

The resolution claimed did not consider typhoon Ompong as the only the factor that contributed to the landslides. It will look at the tragedies with focus set on the effects of the mining and quarry sites to the communities.

A landslide hit Barangay Tinaan in Cebu on 20 September.

That was a week after landslide buried the town of Itogon in Benguet.

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