MANILA, Philippines-“I am just doing a good job but misunderstood by some or am just manipulated.”
So said Engr. Roger A. de Dios, former regional director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga region in a phone message to Manila Channel.
According to De Dios, he was “relieved as MGB-Region XIII director effective May 15 due to Nonoc mining issue.”
“It’s a complicated issue and I am open for any investigation because I think I have not violated any rules especially that I am just complying court orders,” added De Dios over a phone interview.
However the beleaguered mines chief didn’t elaborated on the issue.
Reportedly De Dios was relieved due to his alleged failure to comply a directive from MGB central office for him to issue a “cease and desist” order on the ore transport permits against one mining company operating in Nonoc Island, Surigao city.
Since March De Dios has also been a subject for a series of protests from anti-mining advocates in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces also allegedly for his failure to implement a court order to temporarily stop the operation of another mining company Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation(MMDC) in “a declared watershed forest reserve area” in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.
Protesters accused De Dios of “acting as a lawyer and community relations officer of MMDC.”
A native of Cebu, De Dios has been the MGB director in Central and Eastern Visayas regions prior to his assignment in Caraga in September 2012.