MANILA - Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. on Monday posted bail for his graft charges over the questioned black sand mining operations in the province.
Espino faces two counts of graft at the Sandiganbayan for allegedly allowing black sand mining operations in Lingayen Gulf and permitting the export of P10.750 million worth of minerals to China in 2011.
Espino allegedly granted a small-scale mining permit to Alexandria Mining and Oil Ventures Inc. on June 29, 2011, and a gratuitous permit to Xypher Builders Inc. on August 8, 2011.
The permits allowed these companies to extract magnetite and minerals in the protected area of Barangay Sabangan, Lingayen Gulf.
A mineral export permit to Xypher Builders Inc. also allowed the export of extracted minerals to China, through its buyer, DH-Kingstone Holdings Co. Ltd.
The Ombudsman pointed out that permits should had been denied since both companies were not accredited by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board, and lacked clearance from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
Espino faces graft case over black sand mining
Espino posted P60,000 for his temporary liberty while the graft charges are being heard.
A hold departure order was also issued against Espino on March 22.