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Noy’s fourth K INSIDE CONGRESS Charlie Manalo 06/30/2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Noy’s fourth K

INSIDE CONGRESS
Charlie Manalo
06/30/2011
While all eyes are now trained on Noy’s high profile KKKs (kaibigan, kaklase, kabarilan), and these include LTO chief Virginia Torres, DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and resigned BuCor chief Ernesto Diokno among others, apparently being overlooked is another of the President’s K — Kapartido — Caloocan Vice Mayor Edgar Erice, who, just like the other Ks, is also said to enjoy Noy’s protection.

In January 2008, the DoJ recommended the filing of 36 counts of graft and plunder charges against Erice, Noy’s colleague in the Liberal Party, in connection with the illegal mining activities of his firm, SR Metal Inc. at Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

Aside from Erice, ordered charged was SR Metal Director, John Antonio Gutierrez.

The DoJ, in its investigation, stated that SR Metals Inc. illegally extracted approximately 1,550,000 metric tons of nickel cobalt ore valued at $60.6 million in just nine months in 2007, way above the quota prescribed by law of an annual production of only 50,000 metric tons of ore for a single mining firm..... MORE

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