MANILA, March 13 Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte said on Monday it may be "worthwhile" for Environment
Secretary Regina Lopez to reinforce a ban on mining given the
environmental damage that producers have caused.
It was not immediately clear whether Duterte was calling for
a total ban on mining or a strengthening of Lopez's order
closing more than half of the mines in the Philippines.
Duterte also said at the media briefing that he wants to
meet with local miners so they can explain to him what led to
the destruction of the environment in areas where they operate.
(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr. and Enrico dela Cruz; Editing
by Tom Hogue)