Chamber of Mines addresses 'erring' members

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Posted at Aug 08 2017 03:44 PM

MANILA - The Chamber of Mines said Tuesday it was addressing "erring" industry players after a former member criticized the group for allegedly not doing enough to preserve the environment.

Apex Mining is an "outlier" and it is "unfortunate" that it decided to leave the Chamber of Mines, according to the group's vice president for legal, Ronald Recidoro.

The group will announce by its annual meeting in September tighter rules on membership and discipline, Recidoro told ANC's Market Edge with Cathy Yang.

"There are some mines that are not exactly following the rules, not only in the area of environmental protection but also in the area of finance and social development," he said.

"To our mind, these are things that should be brought to the attention pf the company and fixed before we go out and condemn our members," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte warned mining companies during his annual address to Congress that he would tax them "to death" if they fail to restore the "virginity" of exploited areas.