Treasure hunters eyed in barangay Apas’ 100-feet deep pit

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01:44 PM April 30th, 2015

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By: Apple Ta-as, April 30th, 2015 01:44 PM
Barangay officials and curious onlookers watch as a man goes down a hole in barangay Apas (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Barangay officials and curious onlookers watch as a man goes down a hole in barangay Apas (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

An estimated 100-foot-deep open hole was found yesterday morning by barangay officials in sitio Back GMA, barangay Apas, Cebu City.

Apas barangay captain Ramil Ayuman said they learned about the hole after receiving a call from a concerned citizen informing them that a child almost fell into the pit last Tuesday.

Ayuman together with JL Lascoña, barangay technical assistant, went to check the area.

They found a one-and-a-half-meter wide hole in a hill between an unfinished restroom and a tree. The spot was also a few meters from the GMA 7 station.

About a meter-and-a-half high fence of blue tarpaulin was placed a few meters from the hole to conceal the pit   from the eyes of curious passersby.

“Ganiha ra namo ni gisuwayan og naog pero amo gipabalik ang among tawo kay nahurot among pisi (I tried to send somebody into the hole, but I told him to climb back up after we ran out of rope),” said Ayuman, who earlier sent a man down the hole.

He said that initially they estimated the hole to be only at least 25-feet deep, but one of the team sent down to investigate the hole found a six-foot horizontal tunnel 20 feet down from the top and then another vertical drop from the horizontal tunnel of at least 50 feet.

Another  horizontal tunnel six feet in length was found and then another 20-foot drop before reaching the bottom of the pit.

Ayuman said they also found a stool and a chisel apparently used for digging at the bottom of the pit, suggesting that the men involved in the digging  planned to return.

He said a former member of the barangay’s lupon, Mary Jane Amante, had the hole dug as she  intended to build a septic tank.

Lascona said he even helped in digging the hole last December, but they stopped after the hole was six feet deep.

 At left,  the GMA 7 station can be seen from the site of the illegal excavation. (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

At left, the GMA 7 station can be seen from the site of the illegal excavation. (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Andrew Bacotcot, a resident of the area, told Ayuman that in February, six men  arrived and proceeded with the excavating activity  everyday.

Bacotcot said that the men even boasted of having been issued a permit from the barangay for the excavation.

Ayuman refuted the claim and will file a complaint at City Hall on the illegal excavation.

Ayuman yesterday ordered  the area surrounding the hole to be fenced to prevent untoward incidents from happening.

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