Duterte Orders Cimatu to Follow Mining Law, Allow Extraction Operations

In sharp contrast to his earlier anti mining stance in which he stated that he would follow all of Gina Lopez’ recommendations, President Rodrigo Duterte is now telling incoming environment chief Roy Cimatu that while he should ensure that environmental concerns are addressed, he must also respect the rights of mining companies. He said that one could not just ignore the mining law that allows extraction operations, and that…

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