April 27, 2017 / 6:01 AM / 5 months ago

Philippines open-pit ban will not apply to existing mines: minister

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez said on Thursday that the ban on open-pit mining will not apply to existing mines, but only to undeveloped ones.

Lopez earlier in the day said she is prohibiting open-pit mining, part of a months-long crackdown on the sector she blames for extensive environmental damage.

Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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