By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said that he will address issues surrounding the mining industry and the damages it has caused to the environment once the crisis in Marawi City is over.
Duterte, in his speech during the 26th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City, said that he will soon meet with those involved and affected to address the mining issue.
“One of these days tawagin ko ang mga mayaman at ‘yung mga mahirap. Makinig nalang kayo,” he said, adding that he will tell the mining firms off for ruining the farms and fishponds of the poor.
“Tao ‘yan ano’ng tingin mo dito? Sirain mo yung palayan niya paano sila mag-survive?” Duterte said.
He also reiterated that the P70 billion worth of tax collected from the mining industry yearly is not worth the damage it has caused in the environment and the livelihood of the farmers and fisherfolk.
“We get about P70 billion a year and that’s it. Ang nagutom, ang nasiraan ng mga fishpond, palayan, wala namang tubo. This cannot go on,” Duterte said.
The President also addressed the mining firms to compensate for the damages caused by mining to the farmers and fisherfolks if they want to continue with their business.
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