Duterte hands off in cement mix company probe

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Monday, March 30, 2015

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday refused to comment on the complaint filed by a city councilor against a construction material company that allegedly dumps waste materials to Davao River.

"Let the investigation proceed," Duterte said in his Sunday television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

He said he does not want to intervene since a complaint has already been filed before the city council.


Councilor Leo Avila’s committee “is still investigating the allegations. Let's just wait for the result of the investigation. If there are corresponding penalty or if there's something that has to be done, then it should be after a thorough investigation. As of now, I don't have to say something about it," he said.

Avila, chair for committee on environment, on Tuesday accused the company of violating environmental laws by dumping waste cement into the Davao River.

"When we visited the nearby community, some members of the community said that some of their children now have sores and skin diseases, simply because of this ready mix concrete waste that is being thrown in our rivers," Avila said.

He said water samples confirm the presence of coliform bacteria in the river.

“We have to take care of this river not only from the pollution that comes from the seepage but also from certain companies who are trained to be environmentally conscious that are just dumping their waste into our beautiful Davao River, ” he said.

The owner of the company said Avila never informed them about the alleged violation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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