Posted by: kidlatanvillage | August 9, 2008

Mining deal done “in bad taste?” (Wala naman daw masama ayon kay Mike Defensor)

Lately the Black and White Movement criticized the Arroyo’s administration as “lacking in delicadeza” when it allowed mining exploration in a joint venture between Chinese and Filipino firms involved in mining for the simple reason that the former DENR secretary Mike Defensor is now the Chairman of NiHAO Mineral Resources Inc., and a Director of Geograce Resources Philippines as reported.

Ipagpalagay natin na ang isang dating opisyal  sa gobierno ay wala na siyang katungkulan at kapangyarihan pa, ibig bang sabihin nito ay wala na rin siyang  impluwensiya pa sa pamahalaan? May patutsada kasi sila kay Mike Defensor, dating DENR secretary, dahil  “$ 150 million mining deal with Chinese firm” na kung saan di umano ay ginamit niya ang kayang koneksiyon sa Malacanang. Dahil ditto ay tinawag nang Black and White movement di umano ang Malacanang na walang delicadeza nang payagang magsara ang deal sa pagitan ng Jiangxi Rare Earth and Rare Metals Tungsten Group ng China at ang mga local companies na NiHAO Mineral Resources Inc. at ang Geograce Resources Philippines kung saan ay sinasabi nilang konektado naman si Mike Defensor.

 Tama nga ba na hindi ito karapat dapat sa puntong moral at legal?

 Basahin ang kabuoan ng balita mula kina Maricar Bautista at RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Defensor’s $150M mining deal with Chinese firm hit

Former Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Michael Defensor’s ties to two mining companies that recently bagged a multimillion-dollar exploration deal with a Chinese firm was slammed by administration critics and activist groups Friday, questioning whether he used his government connections in securing the contract.

Black and White Movement (BWM), a critic of the Arroyo administration, said the government has no “delicadeza” (sense of propriety) when it gave the go-signal for the signing of the deal between China’s Jiangxi Rare Earth and Rare Metals Tungsten Group and Filipino companies NiHAO Mineral Resources Inc. and Geograce Resources Philippines.

Defensor’s links to NiHAO and Geograce were revealed during the signing Thursday of the $150-million joint venture agreement for mineral exploration in Botolan, Zambales between the two companies and Jiangxi.

Defensor is chairman of NiHAO and a director in Geograce.

President Arroyo witnessed the signing of the deal in Chengdu in Sichuan province.

BWM spokesman Vicente Romano said the deal also showed the lack of propriety on the part of Rene Puno, brother of Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, who also has links to the two firms.

Romano said that even if Defensor would argue that he has no government post at the moment, he already knew that the signing would take place long before. The BWM spokesman added that Defensor should not have accepted the post of task force chief to oversee the opening of Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3.

After handling the task force, Defensor is now overseeing the Northrail project for the government.

Romano also said that the deal is also a conflict of interest, and he suspectd that ithe deal is also part of the government’s investments deal with the Chinese government like Northrail, Southrail, and the NBN projects.

He also lamented the fact that foreigners would be exploiting the country’s natural resources, and that he would not be surprised if there is also a sort of “tongpats” or share in the earnings in the deal.

Nothing wrong if no gov’t post

In response, Defensor said there is nothing wrong with the mining deals since he no longer has any government position. He recently quit as chief of the task force that worked to open the long-mothballed NAIA Terminal 3.

“For the record, you can still have a business when you’re in government as long as it’s not directly connected, or you’re not in the Cabinet,” he said.

“Whoever is trying to put a spin on this story is doing a great injustice, not to me but to the innocent shareholders and the country which will benefit from this,” Defensor said.

The former environment chief said negotiations with the Chinese partners “happened even before the board of directors elected me as chairman.”

Escudero: Deal done in ‘bad taste’

Meanwhile, opposition lawmaker Sen. Francis Escudero said that even if the deal looks legal, the deal would appear to be done in bad taste in the eyes of Filipino citizens.

Escudero challenged the people and companies to publicly present the details of the planning process in the deal. He singled out Defensor, whom he challenged to disclose if the deal was ironed out during his term as environment chief or whether contacts at the department were used to help the deal progress.

At present, a proposal in the Senate regarding amendments to the Anti-Graft and Code of Ethical Standards of Public Officials is pending. The Senate is planning to include in the changes specific rules on who is covered by the prohibition of entering deals with the government.

According to the law, only the families and relatives of the president, vice-president and other high-ranking elected officials up to the fourth degree of consanguinity are included in the rule, and relatives of cabinet members are not yet included.

Environment group: Deal ‘suspect’

Meanwhile, militant environmental group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE) said that the mining deal “stinks to the high heavens,” and that it has a “glaring anomaly” in it.

“It is baffling how a small mining company and without track record in the mining industry like Geograce could get multi-million mining deals with big foreign mining companies and how these mining companies of Mike Defensor were given hundreds of thousands of hectares of mineral lands by the Arroyo government,” Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan-PNE, said.

The group said Geograce has been in the red, incurring a net loss of P17.18 million during the first quarter of 2008, and it is also questioned the “mediocre” company’s “lucrative” mining deals.

“It seems that the present government is selling the country’s patrimony to foreign companies but not without ensuring that local allies also get a huge share of the plunder,” Bautista said.

The group called on Congress to investigate the background and operation of NiHAO and Geograce.

“The presence of high government officials and their relatives in these mining transactions could be a sign that the Arroyo administration and its cronies are making profit out of the country’s mineral resources without being mindful if these projects would be beneficial to community or not,” Bautista added.

Palace defends deal
“Should we not see the other side of the picture? That’s a negative view that raises speculations na napaboran si Mike Defensor. But these are private business investment ventures and whether it’s Mike Defensor who is the owner or Jess Duerza you should welcome it,” Press Secretary Jesus Dureza told reporters.

He also said the deal’s critics should be thankful because these deals would bring in investments and jobs for Filipinos.

He added there is nothing wrong with these deals as long as there wa no influence peddling in securing these deals.

Malacañang, however, defended the deal, saying that the deals are “private business investment ventures” on the part of Defensor.

Bilang kaalyado ng Palasyo ay dapat lamang nilang ipagtanggol si Mike Defensor sa naturang deal dahil isa lang namang “private business investment ventures”  ito ng dating DENR secretary. Bakit namang mamasamain e wala naman siyang nilalabag na batas?

Pero kung si Senador Chiz Escudero ang tatanoning  kahit legal pa iyan ay masama pa rin sa paningin ng mga tao dahil sa dating posisyon sa gobierno at ang  kaugnayan ni Mike Defensor di umano sa Palasyo. Maituturing ba itong isang “bad taste” a sumasang-ayon ba kayo sa pananaw ng mga oposisyon at kritiko ng pangulo?  

 

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Responses

  1. Hehehe, sumali yata sa deal or no deal ni Kris itong si Mike…

  2. Kapitan K

    Singit ko muna ito dito.

  3. To Pareng Cocoy
    by Kapitan Kidlat with Lost In Translation

    Salamat sa Iyong Pagdating
    *Thanks to your arrival of the comeback, LOL!

    Nais kung Dumako sa nakalipas na panahon
    *I would like to turn back what was it like in yesteryears
    Noong bata pa lang si Colegiala at naglalaro ng sabon- *Young Colegiala while playing with Camay soap, turned her eyes into tears
    Mga panahon na wala pang on-line na tambayan-
    *T’was the time we just tambay sa kanto because there was no computers
    Bagkos sa mga komiks lang at liwayway nagpapakawala – *Can only read Liwayway, Tiktik, wakasan komiks and few others
    Ng mga sama ng loob at maging sa pagsinta. –
    *Where the broken hearted can find solace, woe unto the heartbreakers.

  4. Ngayon may on-line na na tambayan
    * Now that we’re in the cyberage na and the internet in circulation
    Natule tuloy si Banong nang di oras
    * Sumaryosep, our friend Banong was prodded for circumcision
    Nakantiawan siya ni Kimuchi at Colegiala
    * These naughty girls kasi, Kimuchi and Colegiala made the motion
    Kaya kay doc.bobonyo pina-areglo ang problema
    * And Doc Bobonyo, with his instruments ASAP went to action
    Sa maliit at supot niyang kargada.
    * Did the SOP to Banong’s tiny belongings, put it in upright condition.

  5. Kaya sa mga hagikgik natin at tawanan
    * And there was boisterous laughing, jumping, stomping in the hall way
    Habang hinihintay ang pagbabalik ng lawin
    * While waiting for the return of the comeback of Cocoy ala FPJ!
    Kaya ngayon at nandito na si pareng Cocoy
    * Now that Pareng Cocoy is here na, just what we solemnly pray
    Ay atin siyang i-welcome sa sarili niyang kahairan
    * Let’s welcome Espana rotunda and let’s all shout HURRAH!
    Ang Cocoy’s Delight na walang Kupas magpakailan man
    * CD is here to stay open, now and forever, 25 hours a day!

  6. Ngayon at maaliwalas ang panahon at sumisikat ang araw
    * The weather is fair, the sky is clear, the sun rises in the morning
    Sa gabi naman ay tanaw ang mga bituing Maningning
    * And in the evening, we can see the far away stars so brightly shining
    Kay sarap lasapin sa magdamag ang bote ng gin
    * Tis so soothing to feel the night with a gin that’s so intoxicating
    Lalo na at kayakap mo simoy ng mahalimuyak na hangin
    * Just like when the wind blows and it touches you as if you’re hugging
    Na humahalik sa iyong dibdib na parang dalagang gising.
    * A real maiden, not just a dream, is kissing you at iyong kapiling.

  7. Sa Cocoy’s Delight muling nababanaagan sikat ng pag-asa
    * It’s in CD we could see rays of HOPE cigarette for a new tomorrow
    Masasarap na handa pagsasalusaluhan ng buong bansa
    * All the tsibug that we could taste and eat bulaga, from Aparri to Jolo
    Mga isyung pulitikal at mga kaisipang mortal
    * Everything under the sun, showbiz tsismis, political issue and gloria arroyo
    Bubuhayin ng mga bloggers sa mga kumentong kay galing
    * Even the dead will come to life with CD balagers timely komento
    Lalo na’t nandito na ang talinong ugat ng mga paksa.
    * Now that Cocoy is here, the best of them all, mga katoto.

  8. You kept the fire burning ang sabi niya
    *Mabuti at hindi nasunog itong CD while you’re in Zambales
    Bakit nga hindi hot na hot naman tayo lagi di ba?
    * Some bloggers got so hot, others nga ayun, nagburles
    Mapa-pulitika, mapa-sex, at mga katatawanang kuwento
    *Got entangled and mix-mix into jokes, politics and sex-stories
    Maging ang mga panalangin ni doc.bobonyo
    *Even doc.bobonyo’s religious preaching got lost in our memories
    Sa mga isyung nakaka-aborido, ay nandiyan din
    *Irritating this MOA-AD fiasco, it brought us some untold worries.

  9. Mabuhay si pareng Cocoy at ang dakila niyang puso
    *Long live Pareng Cocoy including the Philippine Heart Center
    Mabuhay ang kapehan at tsampuradohan
    *Long live this better than starbucks and eat all you can as you enter
    Welcome home pareng Cocoy at muling inaasam-asam
    *Wala bang pasalubong, di bale na, we just like to see you here
    Ang mga putahe mo na hindi lang sa kama malalasahan
    *Your handa is so good from morn up to bedtime, the taste will linger
    Kundi sa hapag kainan-ang bulwagan ng diwa ng bayan!
    * In the dining table that’s our country, the food will always be there!

  10. Basta kasali si Mike Defensor sa eksena, it goes without saying that it has the imprimatur from the tenant in the palace by the stinking Pasig river.

    Kung hindi totoo yan aking sapantaha, pitpitin nyo ang yagba ng sinumang alipores ng administrasyon, hindi ako kokontra.

  11. Joeseg,
    Sabi ni Cocoy ay pwedi pa raw akong magburlis doon.Akala ko kasi hindi na pwedi ang beauty kong pangrampa doon.Pero palagay ko ay barya barya na lang ang ibigay niya sa akin doon kaya naghahanap ako ng ibang raket.

  12. Galing ninyo mga idols, tito at kim, makalampag nga si kap baka hindi pa gising at kaakap pa si Madam Tisay. Kap tuloy na daw kayo ni doc. sa fellowship at isuot mo daw ang regalo ni Tongressman sa iyo na Rolex watch na nabili pa niya sa Hongkong hehehee.

  13. Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat. Kanina pa ako gising Mer… Sa admin ka ba ngayon nagkakape at nangangalampag ka, hahaha.

    Anyway gusto kong pasalamatan lagi ang partner ko ng si ka Joe dahil napapaganda at lalong nagkakainterest ang mga mambabasa sa kangyang mga ipinoposte dito na comments niya.

    Ang lost in translation niya ay talaga namang walang kaparis sa galing at makipagpokpokan pa ako ng tungkod ng bintana kung may gagaling pa sa kaibigan nating ito, hahaha. Salamat ka Joe at alam ko matutuwa na naman sila sa iyong translation. Nakakatakot lang baka may mahulog na naman sa kama na pasyente sa kababasa ng mga nakakaaliw na kuwento sa CD ng mga health workers.

  14. Kapitan K

    Kaya ring gawin ng iba yang Lost In Translation. Simple lang naman. Pero trademark ko na yan kahit sa opisina ko noon which makes my subordinates feel at ease even being pressured because of my sense of humor. Iniiwasan ko ang pagiging serious sa buhay dahil kasunod nun, tigok na. Life is like that naman talaga, without it, you’re dead, debah?

    Sa CD, nangyari lang sigurong naunahan ko ang ibang bloggers o baka walang nakaisip. Kahit sa Ellenville, ginawa ko na noon sa mga tula ni Mrivera at si Pareng Cocoy na rin.

  15. Sana when you visit my website again, please leave your email add by registering at Contact Us or the Cbox. Or you can email me directly, the address can be found at the upper right hand of the homepage.

  16. Muli kong binasa ang topic at ito ang aking karagdagang komento.

    Ang deals ni Mike Defensor ay talagang niluto dahil sa kanyang influence sa gobyerno. Ang kanyang connection sa mining companies na NIHAO at Geograce ay klarong basehan na niluto sa paraang INIHAO lang ito at malaking DISGRACE dahil sa kawalan ng delicadeza. Mantakin mong isang talunan, pinagkatiwalaan na pamunuan ang dalawang mining companies?

    Dapat gisahin ito sa isang Senate investigation dahil may balitang fly-by night ang nasabing mining outfits.

  17. Magsisimba muna si Magdalena,mangumpisal para mabawasab ang aking mga kasalanan at pwedi uling gumawa ng panibagong kasalanan.Paliligayahin ko ang mga tanod mo mamaya Kapitan pagbalik ko.

  18. Tribune Editorial:

    The signing of the Defensor�s mining deal right in front of Gloria was patently a show of political payback.

    It was a shameless display of Gloria and her cabal’s abuse of public authority.

    Tol is definitely back to collect his toll. And more?

    Pls click to read the rest of the article:
    http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20080811com1.html

  19. All of them have no delicadeza, mana sila lahat kay Gloria na gaga!

    Matagal ko nang gustong itanong ito: Ano ba talaga ang tukoy ng BWM? Aba e hindi sila itim at puti kundi abuhin!

  20. “Escudero challenged the people and companies to publicly present the details of the planning process in the deal.”

    Teka muna, this is supposed to be a great challenge to Escudero and not for the ‘people’ …sinong pipol ang sinasabi ng isa pang duwag na ito?

  21. Ka chi,
    Maraming kagawad din ang nagtatanong niyan. Kung kailangan kumilos, wala sila. Kung tahimik daw ang lahat nagiingay. Wow, heavy. Ito ang expression natin noong early 70’s.

  22. Controversial iyang balak nilang pagmimina sa Zambales.Mariming tumututol dahil nasisira ang kanilang pananim at isa pa masisira ang kalikasan.

  23. ay kap manapa pang sa singing bee nalang sumali si mike di vi? at least dun pakakantahin lang siya…

    di na kailngang magclose ng deal.

    hehehe~

    gandang araw po sa lahat!

  24. Magandang araw din yhen, singing bee, a hahaha, ibang linya ang sasabihin ni Mike.

  25. Pareng Cocoy,
    Tama ka, makikinabang man ang mangilan-ngilan diyan ay mas malawak naman na kapinsalaan ang ibubunga nito sa buong probinsiya ng Zambales.

  26. Kapitan
    Tinututulan ng mga tiga Sta.Cruz,Zambales iyang pagmimina ng nickel,parang wala yatang boses si Amor Deloso ang gobernador para ipatigil ang nickel minning.Wala namang pakialam ang DENR bagkus kaliwa’t kanan ang bigay nilang permit.Nasira na ang kabundukan ang delikado pa diyan ang landslide kapag binagyo pa ng malakas maraming mababaon ng buhay.

  27. cocoy,

    Prolema sa Zambales ang pagmimina ni Little Mike ng nickel. Sa Bataan naman, ang problema ay ang resuscitation ng nuclear plant na sabi ng aking mga source sa Tongreso ay aprobado na, hindi nga lang napapansin ng mga tao at pahayagan.

    Nang huli akong tumawag ay gumagala na naman ang tutol- pirmahan sa buong lalawigan. In absencia ay ipinirma ako ng ate ko.

    Ang ginagawa ni Gloria sa Pinas ay gagawing chop-chop at palulubugin.

  28. cocoy,

    What can Deloso do against the Pidal man Little Mike unless he wants to become a hero?

    Baka sakaling merong magawa ang gobernador kung ang Zambalenos ay mag-iingay at tututol sa mina, sasama na lang si Amor sa kanila kung me amor siya sa kanyang probinsya at constituents.

    Sa Bataan ay hindi ako gaanong worried dahil pagnandyan na ay tiyak na may hawak kami lahat ng gulok…sugod mga kapatid. Lalabas pihado ang aming pagka-gereras/os at pihadong magbi-blink blink na naman si Gloria.

  29. May nilalabag na batas si Mike Defensor kahit sabihin pa na ito ay private venture.

    Ang batas na kanyang nilalabag ay ang batas publiko. Siya ay kagawag ng pamahalaan ni Gloria, kahit peke pa kaya siya ay public servant at walang karapatan na traydurin ang publiko at gamitin ang kanyang impluwensya para makakuha ng projects na makakasama sa environment ng Zambales. Labag na labag iyan sa batas!

    Bopol pala talaga itong si Chiz Escudero! Hindi legal magmina ang kumpanya ni Defensor, labag iyan sa pampublikong batas at batas delicadeza! Sobrang lambot kung tumira ang hinayupak na ito!

  30. Mabuti naman at nagsara na rin ang mga dating minahan kina Tisay sa Baguio. Iyong chemical na gamit ng mga minahan na ito (mercury baga) ay nakakaabot din pala hanggang sa mga ilog sa Ilocos. Sobra talagang makapaminsala ang pagmimina, pero malaki kasi ang kita ng gobierno dito kaya nilulunok na lang nila ang mga pangambang dulot nito sa kalikasan, nanay ko po asan ang konsensiya ninyo?

  31. Ka chi,
    Di kaya dahil sa magkaibigan ang dalawa kaya (Isko at Miguel) kaya pakurot-kurot lang itong si president to be years from now (if ever ha?), hahahaha. Mahirap sakyan ang isip ng mga personalidad sa pulitika, no permanent friends nor enemies…there is only a permanent personal interest sabi ni Banong, hahaha.

  32. Kung hindi pa ninyo nabasa, please this article ni Armida Siguion Reyna tungkol kay Mike Defensor. It touches on the mining deals in the topic among others:

    http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20080812com5.html

  33. kahit ibang linya sasabihin niya kap basta mapa awit lang siya pwede na. hehe

  34. Oo nga ano, kap…bespren pala si Isko at Miguel, same mold din.

  35. Ang Dirty Mama ni Miguel ay nag-witness sa signing ng ‘treasure hunting’ projects na ito. Ayaw paawat ng tianak, tiyak ay mas malaki ang nakatago kesa sa publicly declared amount. Style bulok!

  36. Kawawa naman itong probinsiya nina pareng Cocoy, miniminahan na, sinisira pa ang kalikasan. Dahil lang sa kagustuhan ng mangilan-ngilan na magkamal ng limpak limpak na salapi. Hay nasa lupa na nga ang impierno. Hindi pa man nasusunog na ang kanilang kilay, hehehehehe.


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