Lopez Downplays MICC Mining Review, Says Closure Orders Already Final

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez reiterated that her decision to shut down 23 mining operations is already final regardless of the result of the review being conducted by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council. She stressed that only her department has the authority to give out orders on mining operations and that the MICC’s findings will be recommendatory at best. Her rift with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez seems to be widening, as she questioned…

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