Duterte credits Gina Lopez for showing mining’s destructive side, vows to institute reforms
Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez may no longer be part of the Cabinet, but President Rodrigo Duterte hasn’t forgotten her advocacy on mining.
In his speech at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s 26th anniversary at Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday (July 12), Duterte recalled how Lopez raised public awareness about the ill effects of mining on communities.
“Mining impasse, I’m warning the rich. Kasi ‘yung kay Failon plus ‘yung kay Gina, nakita ko talaga na destructive talaga. Nakita mo ‘yung bukid na pagung-pagong na and I do not even see a single tree planted. And the devastation doon sa mga palayan, wala na, hindi na sila makapagtanim,” he said.
Duterte said mining companies cannot go on making money at the expense of robbing the poor of their livelihood.
‘Kung gusto ninyo, kayong mga mayaman, bayaran ninyo sila sa perdition nila. So if he has lost 100,000 hectare, tutal mayaman man ‘yang mining, bayaran mo,” he said.
The President vowed to institute reforms in the mining sector as soon as the crisis in Marawi City is over.