Sandiganbayan bars Espino from leaving country

March 28, 2016 at 9:30 am Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – The Sandiganbayan sixth division issued a hold departure order against Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr.,  two dismissed provincial officials and officials of two private companies in relation to the illegal black sand mining trade in Lingayen.
The order was signed by Sandiganbayan sixth division chair Rodolfo Fonterrada and associate justice  Oscar Herrera Jr. and Karl Miranda on March 21 after a hearing on the omnibus motion filed by Espino and the other accused.
Espino and the others filed the omnibus motion for the dismissal of the charges for lack of probable cause and for deferment of issuance of warrant of arrests against them.
The order said the accused cannot leave the country without prior approval of the division.
Also barred from leaving the country are former Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, former Provincial Housing and Urban Development head Alvin Bigay, and officials of Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures and Xypher Builders, Inc.
The companies were contracted by the provincial government of Pangasinan to “remove unsuitable materials” from coastal villages of Lingayen, but which residents claimed were mere front for the magnetite black sand mining.
A mountain of black sand and heavy equipment used for mining were left at the site and are awaiting disposal  by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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