February 14, 2017 / 8:21 AM / a year ago

Philippines' mine group - Cancelling permits a decision for Duterte, cabinet

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippines’ mining industry body said on Tuesday that a decision to cancel contracts for undeveloped mines should be a collective move by President Rodrigo Duterte and his cabinet, and does not rest with the environment minister alone.

“Upholding the sanctity of contracts is a requisite to the democratic process that we must uphold,” the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines said in a statement.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez said earlier she was cancelling almost a third of contracts for undeveloped mines, and rejected any challenges to earlier orders to shut over half of all operating mines.

Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Richard Pullin

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