Orduña says black sand mining happened
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
Bugallon Vice Mayor Rodrigo “Ric” Orduña disclosed how the black sand mining activities in the coastal areas of Lingayen started, and that it was him who introduced to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. an engineer who was knowleagable about black sand mining.
In a press conference, Orduña said it was the engineer who gave Espino all information about black sand mining and even conducted a feasibility study on the activity.
Orduña said he introduced a certain Engr. Eddie Versoza to Espino about mining operations when they were still in good terms.
“Engr. Versoza presented to him project proposals on black sand operations and they had exploratory talks about it. I was informed by Versoza that he frequented the office of Espino and they even called each other ‘cousins’. I was surprised that one day, Versoza came to me crying,” Orduna said.
“He tearfully told me, ‘ Why did you introduce to me to that guy?’” Orduna said, quoting Versoza.
He narrated the last time when Versoza went to meet Espino at the Capitol Resort Hotel.
Versoza went to the Capitol to talk with Espino about the project. A guard told him that the governor was inside and would inform Espino that he (Versoza) was waiting outside his office.
But when the guard returned, he said the governor was very angry and that he (Versoza) was not his cousin.
It turned out that Espino wanted to do the mining operations on his own, without Versoza.
“Espino created companies to operate the black sand mining activities. It was his idea to launch the eco-tourism project in the coastal areas of Lingayen as a cover up of the mining,” Orduna said.
” The black sand mining is true. Why put the blame on people for his predicament about the case? The Ombudsman has denied his motion for reconsideration so he must face it if it will reach the Sandiganbayan. This could not be a ‘politically motivated’ thing as the Ombudsman has weighed all the pieces of evidence against him and his co-accused,” he said.
Orduña also revealed that the batching plant and crushing machine in Hacienda village here are operated by a corporation headed by a certain Mr. Shanon but the land is owned by Amadeo T. Espino, the mayor of Bautista and the brother of Governor Espino.
“With that information, you can already guess who the real owner of the said equipment is,” Orduña said.
Orduña said that he was fed up already with what Espino was doing, so he parted ways with him.
“We were together for 12 years but he did not even show concern to his friends,” he said.
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