MANILA May 10 Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte said on Wednesday the government cannot scrap an
existing mining law but added that he wants to implement
"But remember there is a mining law and we cannot altogether
banish it," Duterte told a media briefing.
Duterte this week named former general Roy Cimatu as the new
environment minister to replace staunch environmentalist Regina
Lopez, a move welcomed by miners in the world's top nickel ore
producer but opposed by green groups who said he does not have a
track record in conservation.
(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr. and Neil Jerome Morales;
Editing by Christian Schmollinger)