‘Dahan-dahan kong sisirain ‘yan,’ President Duterte says about the mining and logging industries, pointing out that only oligarchs benefit from them MANILA, Philippines – Slowly but surely, mining and logging will wane under the Duterte administration. This is what President Rodrigo Duterte promised during the Mindanao Environment Summit on Thursday, August 4, in Davao City.
‘Dahan-dahan kong sisirain ‘yan,’ President Duterte says about the mining and logging industries, pointing out that only oligarchs benefit from them.
His ill will toward miners and loggers stems from what he refers to as the “historical injustice” of oligarchs from “imperial Manila” profiting from Mindanao’s resources.
He cited, as an example, the fate of a hillside in Tubay, Agusan del Norte after it was mined by the mining company of Eric Gutierrez, a friend of former interior secretary and his rival in the 2016 presidential race, Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
The decline of mining and logging in Mindanao would “open all opportunities to Filipinos – irrespective of tribe, race, religion,” he claimed.
“It’s time to reconfigure the wealth of the nation amongst the citizens,” Duterte added.
The President also again defended Lopez from critics, saying that though she is part of one of the most powerful families in the country, she “hates oligarchs.”
“Gina, she’s a billionaire but look at the way she treats herself. She is a crusader, and she loves the country, and she hates oligarchs,” said Duterte.
He repeated his instructions to her department to close down mining sites of companies that don’t comply with government’s environmental protection regulations.
“We will go after mining that doesn’t follow the strictest standards. I’m telling you, the best practices sa mining industry can be found in Canada and Australia,” he said.
Under Lopez, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already suspended the operations of at least 6 mining companies since the audit of all existing mines in the country began in July.
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