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Alvarez rules out ‘lobby money’ in new mining bill

/ 07:27 AM August 27, 2017

House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has dismissed insinuations that his proposal requiring mining companies to obtain a congressional franchise was motivated by the prospect of lobby money.

“That’s purely hypothetical. That’s just a figment of their imagination,” Alvarez said in an interview before he filed House Bill No. 6259.

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But Alvarez admitted he could not guarantee there would be no bribery in the process of acquiring a congressional franchise.

“I don’t see any safeguards, because the only safeguard is the trust and confidence of the people who voted for their congressmen and senators,” he said.

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In his 16-page bill amending the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, all mining firms must first secure a legislative franchise before they apply for government permits. —DJ YAP

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