Kin of landslide fatalities hold black flag protest vs Naga quarry

Leleth Ann Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2018 10:35 AM

Photo by Leleth Ann Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Families of the people who died in a landslide in Naga City, Cebu, along with some residents, rallied on Tuesday morning to protest the quarrying operation in the city.

Some of those who joined the rally brought black flags as a symbol of their grief after their loved ones died in the massive landslide in Tinaan village.

At least 55 bodies have been recovered from the landslide site while dozens remain missing, rescuers said. Residents, meanwhile, fear for their safety if quarrying in the city does not stop.

From Naga City, the kin of the landslide fatalities and the other residents will march to the Cebu Provincial Capitol to also stage a protest in front of the government office.

Photo by Leleth Ann Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already ordered the suspension of quarrying activities in select regions after fatal landslides killed dozens in different parts of the country.

Apo Land and Quarry Corp., a firm with quarrying rights in Naga, said it would comply with the order. The company earlier said while it held mining rights to the area, it had no quarry operations there.