LP Financier Gutierrez & Congressman Erice Charged with Falsification Worth Billions in Mining Revenues

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One of the main financier or backer of the Liberal Party during the past few national and local elections, miner Patrick Angelo “Eric” Gutierrez and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, a top honcho of LP are now facing criminal charges for allegedly falsifying documents to dupe the government and their business partners of billions of pesos in mining revenues.

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The complaint against Gutierrez and Erice was filed at the Surigao Prosecutor’s Office and was already forwarded to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for preliminary investigations.

The criminal charges against the top financier of the Liberal Party identified Gutierrez and Erice, but aside from them are other personalities also who were involved with the case.

Small-scale miner from Agusan del Norte, Rodney Basiana accused Congressman Erice, Eric Gutierrez, John Anthony Gutierrez, Miguel Alberto (Mico) Gutierrez, Alejandro Basalio and Antonio Dimabayu of falsifying mining application.

The complainant claimed that Erice and Patrick Gutierrez forged his mining application to make it appear that it was SR Metals Inc. (SRMI) who applied for a mining permit in 1997.

Congressman Egay Erice and Eric Gutierrez family owned SRMI, the respondents were supporters of former President Benigno Aquino III and former senator Mar Roxas, who admitted in an interview with the media that he used the chopper and private planes of Gutierrez during some of his campaign sorties.

Rodney Basiana accused the respondents of making it appear that SRMI was the holder of mining claims over an 81-hectare area in Tubay, Agusan Del Norte when it was Basiana Mining Exploration Corp. (BMEC) that held such rights.

SRMI was given a permit to extract Nickel and Cobalt (Ni-Co) on a 20-hectare mining site in Sitio Bugnang, Barangay La Fraternidad, Tubay, Agusan del Norte. The company was already fined with P7 million for over extraction in 2006.

Basiana also claimed that SRMI headed by both Gutierrez and Erice refused to honor its commitment to BMEC to give Basiana his five percent share of the mining operations in Agusan Del Norte.

Thinking Pinoy in one of his article revealed the close relationship between Mar Roxas and SRMI officers particularly Eric Gutierrez.

Source: The Manila Times / Facebook

Ed Umbao

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