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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



23 March 2018 08:20:36 PM

The House committee on good government and public accountability has expanded its investigation on quarrying operations in the country to include the provinces of Catanduanes and Cebu, pursuant to House Resolution 1505. The measure, authored by Reps. Ria Vergara, Micaela Violago, Magnolia Antonino and Arnolfo Teves, Jr. calls for an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the alleged corruption and irregularities in the imposition, collection and distribution of taxes and fees on quarrying operations in Nueva Ecija and other provinces. Rep. Johnny Ty Pimentel (2nd District, Surigao del Sur), committee chairman, said the body intends to settle the contradicting opinions and appreciation of the laws, rules and policies of the different government agencies involved in the issuance of quarry permits, collection of taxes and fees and their distribution to the intended parties. “The committee intends to settle the contradicting views and find out its causes to determine whether remedial legislation can address these issues,” he said. Among those present in the hearing were Vergara, Violago, Antonino, Teves, Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, Reps. Estrellita Suansing, Robert Ace Barbers, and Cesar Sarmiento, and resource persons Nueva Ecija Governor Czarina Umali and her husband, former Nueva Ecija governor Aurelio Umali. /MVI Palomar/G Engay