President Rodrigo Duterte could have wavered in supporting former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez in her affirmation as a result of of the likelihood he shall be impeached over her sturdy stance in opposition to mining.

Facing reporters on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Wednesday (May 10) earlier than flying to Cambodia, Duterte burdened that mining is allowed below the regulation.

“We want stricter measures. But there’s the mining law, so what can we do? The law itself allows it. And if you just disregard it, that will be an impeachable offense,” he stated.

Aware of the legality of the mining regulation, Duterte stated he instructed newly appointed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to strike a stability between defending the setting and permitting accountable mining when he swore him into workplace earlier this week.

“Ang sinabi ko lang, ‘You know we have been friends. There will never be a time that I will call you for any favor for anybody. All that I ask of you is just to be true to yourself, to be true to your country and protect the environment. But remember there is a mining law and we cannot all together banish it,’” he stated.

“Kasi may mining law. It has to be erased from the statute books. Otherwise, it has to be regulated and allowed. Iyan ang problema diyan,” Duterte added.

The President was accused by his critics of failing to do sufficient to foyer for Lopez’s affirmation by the Commission on Appointments, saying he might have pushed for her by getting in contact with lawmakers.