Pakana lang ng kalaban! Espino asks Sandiganbayan not to suspend him
Pangasinan Representative Amado Espino Jr. has asked the Sadiganbayan Sixth Division not to fall for the “political motivation” of his rivals and have him suspended from office.
“The suspension is being used as a mere weapon to unseat the lawful representative of the people and to damage his reputation,” Espino’s camp explained in his motion for reconsideration.
Espino is facing a graft case before the Sixth Division.
His counsels lamented that the suspension is “a convenient way to ensure a disgraceful interruption of the official’s term with no actual hearing yet to be done and no unlawful act yet to be proven with finality”.
With this, the legislator prayed that the anti-graft court reverse its September 7 resolution which granted the request of the Office of the Ombudsman to have him suspended for 90 days.
The Anti-Graft law provides that “any incumbent public officer against whom any criminal prosecution under a valid information under this Act…as a simple or as a complex offense and in whatever stage of execution and mode of participation, is pending in court shall be suspended from office.”
The graft case stemmed from the provincial government’s issuance of Small Scale Mining Permits (SSMP) to two companies in 2011 even though they lacked the necessary clearance certificates and accreditation. At that time, Espino was still Pangasinan governor.
It was also discovered that Espino issued a Mineral Ore Export Permit to a mining company which allowed it to sell the illegally mined minerals to DH-Kingstone Holdings Co. Ltd. based in China for P10.750 million.
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