Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is delighted with President Duterte’s decision to hold the ban on open-pit mining within the nation.
“I totally love this President. In my experience he is genuine, sincere, and he truly cares for people and one of his premier assets is his fearlessness…. There is hope for the Country!!!! Yes!!!!!” Lopez wrote on Facebook.
Duterte earlier stated he agreed with Lopez in regards to the want to shut down open-pit mining for its environmental harm. He has directed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to look into the eventual closure of such extraction course of however would give mining corporations time to discover different methods to extract minerals.
It was Lopez who imposed the ban on open-pit mining when she briefly served as DENR secretary. Some officers have reportedly proposed the lifting of the ban, however Lopez is main a marketing campaign to block it.
“I want to emphasize that the EXISTENCE of open pits, AND the LIFTING OF THE BAN on prospective open pits is a VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of our people TO A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT,” Lopez stated.
“There are at least 14 open pit mines in the Philippines – 10 of them are abandoned or suspended, while 5 are filled with toxic acid water and/or heavy metals. Mining is NOT a RIGHT. Mining is a privilege granted to operators under certain conditions. #NOtoOpenPitMining,” she stated.