What’s P70B? Duterte says deaths, environmental destruction from mining are immeasurable
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The 70-billion-peso income from mining does not compensate for the losses and long-term destruction to the country’s natural resources, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte presided over the situational briefing in the aftermath of Typhoon Ompong at the Balay building of the Isabela provincial capitol on Tuesday where Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino on 62 confirmed Cordillera deaths mostly in Benguet.
Duterte said the income from mining was nothing compared to the environmental woes and health concerns plaguing mining communities.
“I do not hate mining but it must be stopped. I do not have the power to abrogate mining,” he said.
“There are so many pit minings. Many are abandoned and illegally made. They turn the waters into brown and black. What I think is stupid when mining people occupy watersheds and destroy the environment,” he added.
The country’s economic leaders led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez had been hesitant on stopping mining. But Duterte said “when it takes its toll, we end up spending more (than what they contribute to the coffers.),” he said. (PNA)