Tolerated lawlessness

THE General Manager of  CMI-Coto Mines in Masinloc, Zambales wrote to express his  disgust over DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima’s and DILG Sec. Jesse  Robredo’s just giving him the runaround in his recurrent complaint against elements unlawfully entering the mines premises to forcibly take over it operations.  Mr. Antonio Ernesto S. San Jose, in his letter to Rapidfire, General Manager of CMI, reported that in July of 2010,  Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., his then PNP-Zambales Prov. Director Rafael Santiago (both respondents  in the first-ever electoral sabotage case in this country now being jointly investigated by the DOJ and the Comelec) and former Zambales Mayor Jessu Edora conspired  to forcible  takeover the mines from Consolidated Mines, Inc. (“CMI”), the recognized concessionaire of the Coto Mines.

As a consequence, CMI filed administrative and criminal charges against  the indicated troika, notifying both Sec. De Lima and Sec. Robredo thereof.

CMI even reported to both agencies the presence of  over thirty (30) undocumented Chinese nationals brought into the minesite by Ebdane, et al to surreptitiously ship BLACK SAND to China through the Baloganon Port, which is owned by  State Investment House, Incorporated and, ironically, the Philippine Ports Authority, obviously to the great prejudice of the government.

Both cabinet Secretaries, however,  just ignored CMI’s plea.

Mr.   San  Jose  said CMI opted to bear their misfortune last year, on being advised that Gov. Ebdane was close to P-Noy, and Supt. Rafael Santiago used to supply DILG  Usec  Rico Puno  materials in the lat-ter’s guns and ammo business.

Then came the recent FALLOUT between Ebdane and Rafael Santiago – reportedly on petty “business mat-ters” in Zambales – which led Santiago to  turn whistleblower,  implicating Ebdane in the 2004  large-scale cheating by PGMA in the 2004 presidential elections.

This October, 2011, another attempt at  forcibly taking over the operation of the Coto Mines occurred.

A combined group of PNP-SAF headed by a certain officer Romero, without CMI’s consent and against it will,  barged into the Coto Mines premises and dismantled security checkpoints, while confiscating the guards’ mobile phnes along the CMI-Coto Mines Road leading to the tailing pond area and mine-site. This combined military and police  elements also put up their own checkpoints inside the mine-site, against the will and without the consent of the concessionaire.

Such forcible intrusion, Mr. San Jose informed, was all the while under the direction/supervision of newly-installed Zambalez PNP Provincial Director, another one also surnamed Santiago (Francisco).

No mission order nor legal authority was presented by these uniformed intruders for their indicated action. (TO BE CONTINUED)


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