Duterte wants mining firms supplying explosives to Reds shut down

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2018 09:03 PM

MANILA - Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the revocation of licenses and permits of mining companies supplying explosives to communists.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte issued this directive following his meeting with the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee.

“Military and police who are also found violating laws and explosives will face automatic expulsion,” Roque said in press briefing in Malacañang.

Roque, however, did not cite which companies violated the handling rules of explosives. He also did not provide a particular incident which could have prompted the President to issue the order.

The President last year warned mining firms which give “revolutionary taxes” to the communist New People’s Army (NPA). 

Meanwhile, Roque said the government also condemns the NPA’s alleged shooting of a spray plane in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur that killed its pilot.

“The plane was engaged in a normal, low-flying craft-dusting mission and was fired upon at Tagbina, Surigao. Under the laws and customs of war, fighters should not be targeting civilians and civilian objects, and this is the latest instance of a war crime perpetrated by the CPP-NPA,” he said.

Roque said the President also ordered the creation of a task force to address the plight of indigenous peoples in Mindanao.

He said security measures against threats or violence by terrorists, particularly at ports and terminals, as well as efforts to secure and develop the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise), were also discussed during the NSC executive committee meeting.