Philippines’ Duterte says government plans new mining law

July 21, 2017

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday the government will draft a new law for the country’s mining industry, which he said pays too little in tax and not enough in compensation for any environmental damage.

The fate of more than half of 41 mines in the Philippines, the world’s top nickel ore supplier, has been uncertain since February when then Environment Secretary Regina Lopez ordered their closure for causing environmental damage and violating laws.

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