"If [Gina] Lopez [the Secretary of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)] says that the mines
should be closed, then I can do nothing about it," President
Duterte was quoted by local media as saying during his
visit to earthquake-hit Surigao City in the province of Surigao
del Norte. He said he was disheartened by the sight of denuded
mountains and silted coastlines during the flight to Surigao,
according to the report. Duterte acknowledged that the...