May 17, 2017: Gov’t must implement mining laws

May 17, 2017: Gov’t must implement mining laws

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III yesterday reiterated that as mandated under the law, the government would implement mining rules and regulations, whether critics like it or not.

Dominguez said that “those who have a beef with the country’s laws that allow mining should do themselves a favor by working on having them repealed or amended by the Congress rather than training their guns on those who believe it is part of their duty as civil servants to uphold the laws of the land.”

“If certain quarters think the law is unfair, they should work to change the law, as violation of the laws is not an option for any government official or any good citizen for that matter,” according to Dominguez, who co-chairs the interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC).

Last week, Dominguez had noted that “one could be environment-friendly and business-friendly at the same time. They are not mutually exclusive inclinations (and only) the zealots think they are.”

The local mining industry took center stage under the Duterte administration following the appointment of environmentalist Regina Lopez as secretary of environment and natural resources.

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