Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan blamed Benguet Corporation for the dozens of deaths during the landslide in Barangay Ucab.
The Benguet politiko said the company allowed miners and their families to live near the Antamok area.
Palangdan said miners would not live in the area if Benguet Corporation did not allow it.
He added the Itogon municipal government could not do anything about because the area was under Benguet Corporation.
Palangdan also claimed that Benguet Corporation issued “gate passes” for miners.
“The affected small-scale miners whose shanties were swept by the landslide are illegally operating in the company’s Antamok claims. Their illegal mining and gold processing activities in Antamok are without the permission of Benguet Corporation,” he said.