Pres. Duterte Would Rather Follow Gina Lopez than Get P70-Billion Revenue from Mining Industry


The tough-talking President of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte would rather follow Gina Lopez than get the P70-Billion revenue from the mining industry despite getting flak for her mine closure orders.



Pres. Duterte is standing firmly by the side of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, as he reiterated his commitment to support Lopez during a speech at the inauguration of PTV-4 Cordillera Hub in Baguio City.

The former Davao City Mayor was quoted as saying "All you contribute to the country is about ₱70 billion in taxes,” he said. “We can live without it. I would rather follow Gina. Maghanap-buhay na lang tayo ng iba [Let’s develop another industry], get the ₱70 billion somewhere else and preserve our environment.”

Watch Pres. Duterte's Speech Defending Sec. Gina Lopez:



Pres. Duterte's statement came after Sec. Lopez was grilled on Thursday at her second Commission on Appointments hearing. Environmentalist Gina Lopez cancelled a total of 75 mining contracts approved previously by her predecessors during the Aquino admin.

According to Pres. Duterte although he isn't open to completely banning mining in the Philippines, he said people should listen to Lopez, especially in light of what he claimed was the destruction caused by the mining industry.

Pres. Duterte was quoted as saying "If you have something in mind about Gina Lopez, kindly rethink and look at her passions" he said.

“The problem is nakita ko ‘yung kalbo [I saw the bald mountains] and until now, malayo na ‘yang binutas ninyo diyan [you have dug deep there] because it’s an open pit,” he added. “Pagka-ganoon [In that case], I have to support Lopez and I cannot help you
Source: CNN Philippines
 

Pres. Duterte Would Rather Follow Gina Lopez than Get P70-Billion Revenue from Mining Industry Pres. Duterte Would Rather Follow Gina Lopez than Get P70-Billion Revenue from Mining Industry Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 3/12/2017 Rating: 5

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