Expect some clouds on the horizon on Holy Week.
More than a thousand people held a rally on Monday in Boac, Marinduque province, to protest a $20-million deal being offered to the province as compensation for the 1996 mine waste spill that killed the Boac River and its tributaries and is considered the country’s worst mining disaster.
Whether the invitation is for a simple luncheon or a meeting to seek “legal advice” from the Palace, the national government has apparently stepped into the continuing negotiation between Marinduque and the mining company sued over the 1996 tailing spillage, now considered the country’s worst mining tragedy.
Two legislators from the province of Marinduque are asking the provincial board to reject a $20-million offer to settle a case involving the country’s worst mining disaster.
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Marinduque Monday morning and was felt all the way to Quezon City, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The author of an online article that was used to question the eligibility of Regina Ongsiako Reyes as candidate for Marinduque representative started to fear for his safety after losing his house to a fire just days after an intruder barged into his home.
A group of Marinduque residents has assailed what it said was the slow pace of the criminal cases filed against the province’s governor, a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
Marinduque Gov. Carmencita Reyes has asked the Sandiganbayan to defer the court proceedings and her arraignment for graft while the petition for review of the case remains pending with the Supreme Court.
Malacañang doesn’t want to be caught in the crossfire of an electoral and jurisdictional dispute that is pitting the judiciary against the legislature.
The municipal government of Boac in Marinduque province has joined calls by antimining groups to renegotiate the compensation package being dangled by a mining company in connection with the 1996 Marcopper mine tailing spill, considered the worst mining disaster in the Philippines.
The threat to impeach certain Supreme Court justices over two recent controversial actions they took would not likely prosper for lack of legal or constitutional basis, lawyer Romulo Macalintal said on Sunday.
The fight for the lone House seat representing Marinduque has been settled by the Supreme Court and the high court’s ruling should be heeded, according to the legislator who is now asking the House leadership to recognize him as representative of Marinduque.
Lord Allan Jay Velasco, son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, on Wednesday asked the House of Representatives to delist Regina Ongsiako-Reyes as Marinduque Representative and respect the Supreme Court’s decision that affirmed her disqualification in the election last May.