Duterte tells miners: 'Don't destroy the environment'


Posted at Jul 23 2018 06:20 PM

A view of nickel-ore mine Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation ordered closed by then environment secretary Gina Lopez in Sta Cruz, Zambales. Picture taken February 7, 2017. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday renewed his warning to miners against destroying the environment.

In his third State of the Nation Address, Duterte said extractive industries "must be used for the benefit of the Filipino people, not just a select few."

"Do not just give me taxes. I can get it from other sources. Give me what needs to be given to my country," he said.

"To the mining industry, I say this once again and maybe for the last time: Do not destroy the environment or compromise our resources," he said.

"Repair what you have damaged," he said.