PCA chief suspended on corruption case, but defies board order

MANILA – Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Avelino “Billy” Andal has been ordered suspended while issues of corruption against him are being investigated. According to Atty. Halmen Valdez, undersecretary at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the PCA Board made the decision after receiving information that Andal was behind his employees’ alleged extortion of P1.50 per board foot of trees being cut in Basilan, Mindoro, Marinduque and Quezon. Though the “fee” collected seems small, the total amount extorted could reach P90 million in Basilan alone. PCA deputy administrator Glenn Santos was…

Marinduque scouts for law firm to handle class suit vs Marcopper

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Marinduque did not act on the proposal of Governor Carmencita Reyes to secure a loan of $8 million (P400 million) abroad to finance the new environment class suit the province will file against two mining firms based in Canada. Instead, the council passed a resolution last March 10 that would invite foreign law firms, including Canada’s Trudel, Johnston and Lesperance (Trudel), to submit their proposals for the handling of the environment case. The province is filing a new case against Placer Dome, Inc. and Barrick Gold…

Abandonadong Marcopper mining sites, delikado na sa publiko -DOH

Matapos mag-inspeksyon ang Mines and Geosciences Bureau, itinuturing naman ngayon ng Department of Health na delikado na sa publiko ang abandonadong Marcopper Mining Corporation minesites sa lalawigan ng Marinduque. Ayon kay Mimaropa regional health director Eduardo Janairo, naging basehan nito ang iniulat ng mga local officials na leaks o tagas sa isa mga dam ng minahan. Batay sa 1996 report ng United State Geological Survey, tinukoy nito ang Makulapnit at Marcopper’s Maguilaguila Water Dam na parehong nasa state of imminent danger of collapsing. Janairo: Delikadong delikado lalo’t marami nang infrastructures…

57th RDC Full Council Meeting in Marinduque

The provincial government of Marinduque hosted the 57th RDC full council meeting held on 13 December 2016 in Boac. Mimaropa RDC Chairman and Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez presided the meeting which was attended by Marinduque Governor Carmencita O. Reyes, Marinduque Vice Governor Romulo A. Bacorro, Jr., Mayor Roberto Madla of Boac, Marinduque, Mayor Marissa Martinez of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, directors and representatives of regional line agencies, local government units, private sector representatives, and state universities and colleges. The provision of technical assistance of Palawan to the provincial government of…

Marinduque lawmaker seeks graft case dismissal

Yet another lawmaker has invoked the alleged prosecution delays of the Office of the Ombudsman in seeking the dismissal of his case in connection with the 2004 fertilizer fund scam. Former Marinduque Rep. Edmundo Reyes Jr., in a 12-page motion to quash, asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to throw out his cases for two counts of malversation through falsification and one count of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Reyes said the Ombudsman took five years and seven months to finish the preliminary investigation stage…