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Mountaineers Who Climbed Mayon Volcano Face Possible Charges

Mountaineers in Mayon

A group of mountaineers is facing potential legal consequences after climbing the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines despite an existing prohibition due to the volcano’s unrest and ongoing Alert Level 1 status. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

A viral video showing the group’s ascent to the summit has caused public outrage. Local authorities have condemned the activity, calling it a violation of Provincial Ordinance No. 2016-23. The ordinance prohibits unauthorized entry into the perimeter zone surrounding Mayon Volcano, with a penalty of P5,000 for each violation.

Provincial Ordinance Violation

The Provincial Tourism Office of Albay confirmed that no permits or clearances were issued to the group for their climb. Dr. Cedric Daep, Head of the Albay Provincial Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), criticized the group’s actions. He called their behavior an insult to the province and its people.

“Ang impact na ginawa nila dyan [ay] insult yan sa probinsya, kaya pag ininsulto ang probinsiya, [na] insulto lahat ng Albayanos dahil sa ginawa nila… yung ginawa nila, [kahit] na alam nilang bawal, pumasok pa rin sila,” he said.

Authorities are also investigating whether local guides assisted the group in their climb. Herbie Aguas, Regional Director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5, appealed for information regarding local tour guides who may have facilitated the illegal climb.

“At kung may mga tour guide pa dun, mga mountaineers na tumulong din na mga local, sana po makuha rin namin yung mga detalye para ‘wag nang pamarisan. So I’m also asking the help of every agency concerned also para tulungan kami, [at] para managot po itong mga tao na ‘to,” Aguas said.

Police Response and Warning

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol has stated it will not tolerate violations of the ordinance. They added that they will pursue appropriate charges if needed.

“We will not condone yung mga violation na ganyan. If there is [an] ordinance violated, of course, we will file a case,” PBGEN. Andre Dizon, Regional Director of PNP Bicol, said.

Authorities remind the public to respect the protocols and avoid entering the Mayon Volcano’s perimeter zone. This caution is due to the volcano’s ongoing unrest.

Efforts to contact the vlogger who posted the video of the climb for a statement have been unsuccessful as of this writing.

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