MANILA, May 4 (Reuters) - The second review of Philippine mines will go ahead despite the removal of Regina Lopez as environment minister, a finance official said on Thursday.
The review will cover all 41 operating mines including the 26 that Lopez had earlier ordered closed or suspended.
“Definitely it will continue because it’s the mandate of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council to do just that regardless of who’s in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin said in a statement.
The Mining Industry Coordinating Council, an inter-agency panel that includes the finance and environment ministries, is conducting a review of the mines following criticism from miners that Lopez’s decision was baseless and lacked due process.
Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Christian Schmollinger