MANKAYAN, Benguet—The Office of the President recently issued a stay order preventing government agencies from executing the suspension order on the embattled Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co. after it filed its allowable appeal to the Palace on time.
In his letter dated April 7 to the LCMC legal department, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Ryan Alvin R. Acosta confirmed that thanks to Lepanto’s timely appeal, the controversial suspension order “is deemed automatically stayed until otherwise ordered by the Office of the President pursuant to Section 9 of Administrative Order No. 22.”
Palace records show that LCMC filed its notice of appeal before the Office of the President on Feb. 14 this year—when Environment Secretary Regina Lopez declared the cancellation of the mining permits of 75 firms across the country—and its appeal memorandum on March 15. The company represented that it received the assailed suspension order on Feb. 14.
Engineer Thomas Consolacion, LCMC resident manager, said the company was elated upon receiving the stay order from the Office of the President, saying it had been business as usual since the suspension order cropped up several months ago.