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HDO issued vs Gov. Espino

Mar 22, 2016 @ 14:11

Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. can no longer fly out of the country as he chooses.

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has issued hold departure orders (HDOs) against Espino and his co-accused in the graft charges against him involving he alleged illegal mining of black sand.

With this, it directed the Bureau of Immigration and Departation (BID) to prevent Espino and his co-accused from leaving the country without permission from the court.

Also placed in the HDOs are provincial administrator Rafael Baraan and Provincial Housing and Homesite Regulation officer Alvin Bigay; Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures Inc. board of directors Cesar Detera, Edwin Alcazar, Lolita Bolayog, Denise Ann Sia Kho, Annlyn Detera, Cynthia Detera-Camara, Glenn Subia and Emiliano Buenavista; and Xypher Builders Inc. board of directors Michael Ramirez, Gina Alcazer and Avery Pujol.

Espino is accused of issuing Small Scale Mining Permits (SSMP) in 2011 to Alexandra and Xypher to conduct “soil, magnetite and mineral extraction activities” in Barangay Sabangan in Lingayen Gulf, Pangasinan even though the two companies were not duly accredited with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), have no clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and have nobusiness permits from the municipality of Lingayen.

The governor also allegedly issued a Mineral Ore Export Permit to Xypher which allowed the company to sell the illegally extracted minerals to DH-Kingstone Holdings Co. Ltd. based in China in the amount of P10.750 million.

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