Ex-Marinduque Rep, 7 Others Face Charges Over Fertilizer Scam

Former Congressman, Edmund O. Reyes MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of charges – including graft and malversation – against former Marinduque Representative Edmundo Reyes, Department of Agriculture officials for their alleged involvement in the P728-million ($16.3 million*) fertilizer fund scam. Aside from Reyes, set to be charged before the Sandiganbayan are DA officials Dennis Araullo, Raymundo Braganza, Balagtas Torres, Rodolfo Guieb, Lucille Odejar, and Dory Iranzo, the Ombudsman said in a statement on Wednesday, December 10.Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has also ordered charges…

Ruby’s heavy rains threaten Marinduque with flash floods

LUCENA CITY, Quezon – Flash floods threaten Marinduque as Boac River continued to swell and sea water rose amid heavy rains spawned by Typhoon “Ruby,” now weakened to the category of a tropical storm, the head of the provincial disaster coordinating council said Monday. “Our rain gauge monitor registered a maximum rainfall data of 30.8 millimeters which exceeded the forecast rainfall brought by Ruby,” Eleuterio Raza, acting head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview. “Low-lying areas and those…

Strong rains raise fear of Marinduque mine dams collapse

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The provincial disaster coordinator of Marinduque expressed fears that the abandoned mine dams of the former Marcopper Mining Corporation might collapse under the onslaught of approaching Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). “We’re closely monitoring the condition of Tapian pit, Makulapnit and Maguila-guila dams,” Eleuterio Raza, acting provincial disaster risk reduction management council officer, said in a phone interview Sunday morning. He said the people were afraid that strong rains from Ruby could trigger the abandoned dams to collapse as it could no longer hold more water. “The weather…