He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the PMRB,' the decision said.
It said Reyes could have looked beyond the PMRB resolution and easily gathered information regarding OMDC's violations.
Letargo said PMRB
has not been remiss in its duties to regulate quarry operations.
The Ombudsman said Ebdane should be indicted for graft for unduly giving benefit to Geoking and for usurpation of powers for taking the functions of the PMRB
when he issued the permits without authority.
We have no discussions about that at the PMRB
(Provincial Mine Regulatory Board)," Antigue told Inquirer, referring to the provincial body that oversees small-scale mines.
This was one of the reasons why the Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board (PMRB) had been unable to speed up the identification of a Minahang Bayan in the province, said Fongwan, who also chairs the PMRB.
Faye Apil, Cordillera director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and cochair of the PMRB, said the agency was reviewing Benguet's list of mining claims to identify which may be canceled.
He said, however, that the PMRB
had yet to convene to decide on Gata's request.
Webster Letargo, PMRB vice chair, requested Pangan, concerned citizens and other environmentalist groups to furnish their office with information on the supposed return of illegal mining activities.
He said the PMRB had been regularly monitoring the operations of licensed miners.
The quarry operation at the slope of Banahaw, like any mining activity in other parts of the province, is under the control and supervision of PMRB, with the local government performing only ministerial functions as provided under the Local Government Code.