We write with great concern about the unreasonable column of Prof. Solita Monsod titled “Resource Curse” (Opinion, 5/13/17). We wonder how she discarded all semblance of objectivity or fact-checking as expected from a professor and media personality of her stature when she questioned the speech of Finance
Secretary Carlos Dominguez III before the Philippine Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) National Conference, where he said: “Never again should suspensions be meted out on the basis of unseen audits and never again should honest industries be subjected to levies without legal basis.”
Monsod’s reference to Gina Lopez as the person alluded to by Dominguez only confirms the widely held views that the mining audits were made without due process and there were illegal imposition of levies to mining companies as condition to allowing them to export their commodities. These two issues surfaced during the confirmation hearing of the former secretary designate, which she miserably failed to address and which may have been the reason she was rejected as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.