Operations of Mining Firms to Continue Until Duterte Confirms DENR’s Closure Orders

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez clarified that mining firms affected by the closure and suspension orders can continue operating until President Rodrigo Duterte gives the final order. She added, however, that if Duterte agrees with her, their operations have to stop even if they bring the case to court. She insisted that mining firms are aware of the audit findings, were provided due process, and given time to rectify their violations. She said…

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