May 3, 2017: Citinickel files draft complaint versus DENR’s Lopez

May 3, 2017: Citinickel files draft complaint versus DENR’s Lopez
 

MANILA – Citinickel Mines and Development Corp on Wednesday filed a graft complaint against Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

The company questioned Lopez’s imposition of a P130-million performance bond and a trust fund equivalent to P2 million per hectare of distributed land.

“Where does she get her authority?” Citinickel lawyer Lorna Kapunan said.

Kapunan accused Lopez of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Anti-Red Tape Act, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Lopez defended the P2-million requirement before lawmakers on Tuesday, saying she wanted to help farmers in mining areas.

“I’m a very out of the box person,” she said.

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