PRES. DUTERTE WANTS TO CLOSE MINING INDUSTRY IN PHL
On the same day, the president also attended a situational briefing in Benguet where he once again reiterated his call to close the mining industry in the country following the Itogon tragedy.
According to the president, mining “has been operating in the country uncontrolled" and has caused “heartaches” to the Filipinos.
However, the chief executive said, it would get resistance from the economic managers, noting that the country generates P70 billion annually from the mining industry.
When asked to expound on this, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the president is “limited” by the separation of powers, but not a “hostage” to economic managers.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu earlier ordered the suspension of all small-scale mining activities in the entire CAR.
Earlier on Sunday, the president also conducted an aerial inspection over Cagayan province which also experienced heavy damages due to Ompong.
He also conducted situational briefings in Tuguegarao City and Ilocos Norte.
The president is also heading to Isabela on Tuesday.