Archive for April 15, 2013

ILLEGAL BLACK SAND MINING : MGB files case vs Taiwan company


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in the Ilocos Region has filed a case against a Taiwan-based company for illegal extraction of black sand in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, at the prosecutor’s office of the province.
MGB Director Carlos Tayag said the agency filed the case last March against Wellresource Mining Company for illegal extraction and theft of mineral and violation of Batas Pambansa (BP) 265 which prohibits the extraction of gravel and sand from the beaches.
Tayag said the company stopped its operations in Caparacadan, Caoayan after the case was filed but transferred to San Sebastian, San Vicente town, also in Ilocos Sur. (more…)

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April 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA:Lawyers’ factor in Espino vs. Braganza


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I’ve been a witness in several press conferences how the lawyers of re-electionist Governor Amado T. Espino and his rival Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza mocked each other’s legal strategies on the non-bailable plunder case they filed at their patron’s opponent.

Orduna filled a plunder case against Espino

It started when Bugallon Mayor Ricardo Orduna, an ally of Braganza, rode shotgun on December 14, 2012 from Pangasinan to the Office of Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) in Quezon City by exposing before the media that he personally delivered P10 million a month or a total of P900 million from the past years from illegal jueteng operations to Governor Espino Espino. The revelation was immediately followed by a trip to the Office of the Ombudsman where Orduna filed a string of cases against Espino on an Ati-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act where one of them was the capital offense called plunder.
Espino allies filled too a plunder case vs. Braganza

Orduna’s legal stunt did not go unanswered from the Espino camp

In early January this year, more than a dozen incumbent and former village chiefs of Alaminos City who are identified as allies of Governor Espino, filed too in Manila through Espino’s lawyer Abraham Espejo a prayer to investigate for a plunder case against Braganza because of his alleged anomalous on-going projects.
The complaint stated that Braganza with his 15 allies, friends, and a brother-in-law implemented allegedly anomalous transactions for the past nine years siphoned from the P4.7 billion public funds.
Annexes of the complaints showed documents of the multi-million pesos airport whose concrete evidence is a pathetic structure of a kilometer of a concrete accessed road, a hospital that has been reduced from a medical services complex to a city hospital, a hotel, ghost projects like P8 million Olympic – size swimming pool and E-Kawayan building, and the P300 million Pangasinan State University whose edifices are funded by the city coffer. (more…)

April 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm Leave a comment


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