Mining as an industry is not bad but miners should get their act together, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez said on Tuesday.
At the resumption of her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments’ committee on environment and natural resources, Lopez was asked by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano if mining was “inherently evil.”
Responding to Cayetano, the Secretary answered no.
“So there are mining that are responsible and are good?” Cayetano, staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, asked again.
“Yes, totally,” Lopez said.
In the course of Cayetano’s questioning, however, the Secretary lamented that there were more poor people in areas where there is mining.
“If the environment gets destroyed, it affects one-third of our population . It’s the poor that suffer,” she said