A group of mountaineers mostly coming from Luzon are now being held at Impasug-ong Municipal Police Station in Bukidnon after they were caught climbing Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP) last December 7, 2021 without a permit from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). They now face charges of violation of RA 8978 or the Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected Area Act of 2000.
Watch this video below courtesy of Needle’s EYE.
The group composed of 26 mountaineers and 7 local porters entered MKRNP, which is an Asean Heritage Park, despite still being off limits to trekkers and climbers due to Covid-19. Based on initial info gathered, the group took the so-called “backdoor” route. A park volunteer who stayed at a base in MKRNP saw the group and reported them to authorities.
Photos below show the mountaineers at the covered court at Brgy La Fortuna in Impasug-ong before they were brought to the Municipal Police Station.
Accordingly, 26 individuals were charged with violation of RA 8978 including 25 from Luzon and 1 from Medina, Misamis Oriental. The 7 local porters were released. A Php30,000 bail has been set for each.