Apr. 21, 2017: Environment department presses Malacanang on closure of mines
“[The DENR] filed a motion to execute before the OP (Office of the President) because there is a stay of execution; any appeal includes a stay of execution. So we filed a motion to execute without a stay [order]…” Ms. Luna told reporters.
Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” L. Lopez last Wednesday accused Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea of holding on the appeals of the sanctioned miners, in effect preventing President Rodrigo R. Duterte from rendering final judgment.
Mr. Medialdea promptly countered that such appeals go to his office and not to Mr. Duterte directly.
Administrative Order No. 22, issued on Oct. 11, 2011 and which sets rules for appeals to the Office of the President, provides in part that “[t]he execution of the decision/resolution/order appealed from is stayed upon the filing of the notice of appeal…”
“Depending on how the President sees the damage that are going to be caused by a continuation of the operations (of miners) based on the violations baka naman mag-decide siya na ma-grant ang aming (he might grant our) motion to execute,” Ms. Luna said.
Ms. Lopez had also accused Mr. Medialdea of blocking the DENR’s Jan. 20 order requiring each sanctioned miner to put up a trust fund amounting to P2 million per hectare of “disturbed land” before getting a permit to transfer ore it already has in its inventory.