DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Aware of the destruction brought upon by open-pit mining to the environment, President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling to ban all open pit mining operations in the country.
“If there’s an erosion and contamination of water, you cancel, because in the coming days, I might just decide to ban open-pit mining,” Duterte said in his speech at 17th the founding anniversary of Digos City.
Duterte said that most of the mining operations in Mindanao are owned by corporations from Manila.
‘All of you are getting richer and millionaire. I did not hear a rich miner from Digos. All are corporations from Manila,” the President said in Cebuano.