May 19, 2017: Groups want Dominguez’s links to mining investigated

May 19, 2017: Groups want Dominguez’s links to mining investigated
 

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III may have benefited from his pro-mining stance that undermines the crackdown on irresponsible mining operations launched by former Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. This was stressed on Thursday by environmental group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE), as the group urged President Duterte to look into Dominguez’s mining interest.

The group added Congress should now prioritize the passage of House Bill 2715, or the people’s mining bill, a proposed law filed by the progressive Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives, which aims to reorient the mining industry toward needs-based extraction, national industrialization, and the protection of people’s rights and the environment.

Dominguez, as the Department of Finance (DOF) secretary, is the cochairman of the Departnment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) chief in the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), which is currently reviewing Lopez’s controversial mine closure and suspension orders.

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