May 10, 2017 / 7:59 AM / 3 months ago

Philippines' Duterte says cannot scrap mining law

MANILA, May 10 (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday the government cannot scrap an existing mining law but added that he wants to implement stricter measures.

"But remember there is a mining law and we cannot altogether banish it," Duterte told a media briefing.

Duterte this week named former general Roy Cimatu as the new environment minister to replace staunch environmentalist Regina Lopez, a move welcomed by miners in the world's top nickel ore producer but opposed by green groups who said he does not have a track record in conservation.

Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr. and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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