Suspension of Pangasinan solon sought

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2016 05:23 PM

Former Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr., ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA - State prosecutors are asking the Sandiganbayan to suspend Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. while his corruption case is pending.

Espino faces two counts of graft at the Sandiganbayan for allegedly allowing black sand mining operations in Lingayen Gulf, and for permitting the export of P10.750 million worth of minerals to China when he was governor in 2011.

In a motion to suspend accused pendente lite (Litigation), the prosecution asked the Sandiganbayan to issue a suspension order against Espino who is now serving as Pangasinan 5th District representative.

The prosecution pointed out that under Section 13 of the Republic Act 3019 or the "Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act," an accused incumbent public officer with pending criminal case involving fraud upon government or public funds or property shall be suspended from office.