Mining Firms to Appeal Closure Orders; Government Says Due Process to be Followed

Administration officials said that suspended or closed mining firms would be given due process and would be allowed to appeal their cases. President Rodrigo Duterte already instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which gave the orders, to meet with the Department of Finance regarding the matter. Finance officials expressed concern that the closures would mean P654 million in foregone revenues. Up to 16 local government units and 1.2 million people would also be affected, with finance…

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