MANILA - Mining companies will "pay the price" if they violate the law, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday issued a fresh warning to mining companies, citing destruction he saw in an episode of ABS-CBN's Failon Ngayon.
"If you violate the mining law, then you have to pay the price of it, either fines or closure or suspension," Cimatu said.
"We are serious about that," he added.
Cimatu said he would decide within the year on appeals against the decision of his predecessor, Gina Lopez, to suspend 23 mines and cancels dozens of contracts.