Friday, February 3, 2017

Pichay committed graft, pressured DENR to benefit mining firm - Barbers

Surigao Del Norte Rep. Robert “Ace” Barbers filed a countersuit against his political adversary Surigao Del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. for disorderly behavior and for allegedly having mining interests while serving in the government.

Barbers filed the countersuit against Pichay’s earlier ethics complaint against him.

In a statement, Pichay said he welcomes the countersuit, claiming Barbers was driven by political vendetta against him when the latter supposedly fielded candidates against the Barbers clan in Surigao Del Norte.

“The truth is, he is motivated by partisan politics and his burning desire to get back at me for supporting the political opponents of his family in Surigao Del Norte. However, I am not to be blame for the losses of the Barbers… Instead of blaming me, he should reflect on his actions which caused them to be repudiated by their own province-mates,” Pichay said.

In his complaint filed before the House of Representatives ethics complaint on Tuesday, Barbers accused Pichay of violating the House code of conduct that requires members to “act at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

The complaint also said Pichay violated the provision that a member should not “personally… be directly or indirectly financially interested in any government… granted by the government…”

Financial interest

Barbers said Pichay used his power and influence to pressure Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Leo Jasareno at the sidelines of a budget hearing to extend the ore transport permit (OTP) and mineral ore export permit (MOEP) of Claver mining firm.




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