National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Special Investigator Rizaldy Rivera clarified that the three Filipinos and one foreigner who were apprehended last Sept. 21, have no land title and Forest Landuse Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAGT) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thus, leading to their arrest.
The NBI led the arrest of Ludwig August Borchers, 69, a German national; Dhelmar Evangelio, 29; Gerald Alapag, 29; and Mark Bernard Alcantara, 42; all are Filipinos.
In an interview by Radyo Todo with Rivera, he confirmed that the four individuals are charged due to violating the Presidential Decree 705 or "Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines," with P36,000 bail for their temporary release.
"I can confirm that nagkaroon po ng operasyon ang NBI Manila kahapon dito sa Boracay island which resulted to the arrest of four people of a violation of Presidential decree 705 yung "Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines," Rivera said.
(I can confirm that the NBI Manila conducted an operation yesterday in Boracay Island, which resulted to the arrest of four people of a violation of Presidential decree 705 the "Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines)
According to Rivera, the individuals constructed their establishment in a place that is "classified" as a forestland area.
He added that the NBI conducted a "warrantless arrest," and they didn't put any handcuffs on the said individuals.
Rivera also stated that the establishment has a show cause order and a "notice to vacate" from the DENR.
Furthermore, he added that the local permit and clearances that the individuals have are not the required documents needed to have a legitimate establishment in forestland.
"…those are the documents that are not needed para po magkaroon ng (to have a) legitimate stay sa isang forestland (in a forestland)…," Rivera explained.