Duterte: Mining ‘created a monster’ in PH
By Prince Golez
Mining operations in the country have created a “monster,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday as he reiterated his stance against mining.
“I want to stop it because it has created a monster in this country,” Duterte said in a situation briefing on the effects of typhoon “Ompong” in Isabela.
The chief executive also stressed the destructive impact of open-pit mining on the environment.
“And for those of you have been travelling Mindanao and the rest of the country, especially ‘yung onboard choppers or flying low, nakikita naman ninyo na parang cap ng soda, ‘yung… There are so many big open-pit minings that are already abandoned and taken over by the illegals,” he said.
“Independently of their own endeavors na mag-create sila ng kanila. And since about a time when open-pit mining was allowed, it has really destroyed the country.”
Duterte likewise shared his economic managers are “very hesitant” to stop mining because it generates P70 billion in taxes.
“But you know when the consequences of mining happens, you spend more than just that. It cannot cover the whole devastation of plants and palay and everything, not to mention, destruction of marine life and tributaries along the way,” he said.