Duterte Fully Supports Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s Drive Against Mining Violations

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his State of the Nation address, announced his full support for Gina Lopez, the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Lopez has been making controversial moves, with several mines being closed down during her first two weeks. Duterte said that while mining firms would be allowed, they should follow strict environment standards and must pay the correct taxes…

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