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Tinuluyan na! House suspends Pangasinan Rep. Espino

Sep 22, 2016 @ 19:11

The House of Representatives has decided to comply with the order of the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division to suspend for Pangasinan Representative Amado Espino.

The office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has informed the anti-graft court last Tuesday (September 20) that Congress will abide by its suspension order dated September 7.

Espino is facing a graft case before the Sixth Division involving the alleged illegal black sand mining in Lingayen Gulf in 2011.

The 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. During this time, Espino was still governor of the province.

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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