Philippines minister to keep open pit mining ban as Duterte rejects call to lift it

MANILA – Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Wednesday he would keep a ban on open pit mining after President Rodrigo Duterte rejected a recommendation by a government panel to reverse it.

“The President sets the policy. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will implement what the President deems as best for the country’s interest,” Cimatu told in a text message.