Zambalez ex-governor Amor Deloso along with officials of a mining firm have been accused of estafa and large-scale theft over minerals and ore taken from Coto mines in Masinloc.
Recommended for indictment by the National Police-Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group authorities were the directors of Companhia Minera Tubajo Inc. joined by Zambales Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board Secretariat Wilson Biag and Bureau of Customs Special Deputy Port Collector Reynaldo Nicanor.
The company executives in the charge sheet are Arsenia Lim, Henry Lim, Arlene Velez, Marie Liza Fallorin, Edgar Garcia, Romualdo Nunez, Adam Mirable, Armando Jalata, Arlina Cawaing, Arturlo Jalata Jr., Ivy Bofill Anastacia, Arnold Jalata, Cecilia Sernadilla, Jasmin Navalta, Arlan Jalata and Isabelo Velez.
Senior Supt. Rafael Santiago, chief provincial investigator, said Deloso and his co-respondents were liable for violating the Mining Act of 1995 in the disposition of minerals without proper permits, covering their delivery and shipment for export to China.
In March last year, two truckloads of chromite were seized by the police on complaints of Consolidated Mines Inc.
On record, CMI and the government signed a mineral production sharing agreement in 1991 over 618 hectares in Sitio Coto, Masinloc.
In 2007, CMI signed an operating agreement with Companhia Minera. A year later, CMI moved to terminate the contract over alleged violations of terms and conditions.
The complaint said CMTI, instead of leaving the mining site, signed an agreement with a Chinese national, Ye Zhou, transferring to him the firm’s entire stake in the mining project.
Meanwhile, Benguet Corp. in 2007, which also had a mining operation in the Coto Mines dating from 1956, authorized businesswoman Nenita Delideli to haul chromite mine “tailings” and mine wastes which she sold to a Chinese buyer, Lui Go Gang.
Records showed that then Mayor Jessu Edora later witheld business permits to Delideli Enterprise, allegedly ordering Liu Go Gang to buy chromite sand from him instead.
“(T)he investigators on case strongly recommend the filing of various criminal cases that were established against those who were identified to be criminally liable for the illegal acts they have committed which resulted to the mining conflict in Coto Mines,” police complaint said.
Separate charges for estafa were also recommended against Edora for his failure to return P5 million to Delideli, representing the purchase price of chromite ore. by Rey E. Requejo - manilastandardtoday.com