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Congress’ bid to franchise mining just ‘money-making stunt’

/ 05:37 AM May 27, 2018

An environment group scored on Saturday as just a “money-making stunt” a proposal in Congress to require legislative franchises for mining operations because it will just abet corruption among lawmakers.

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, in a statement, said the proposal “speaks volumes about the self-interests” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in Congress.

Instead of crafting a strong mining policy, lawmakers chose to prioritize a bill that would add another source of corruption.

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“If regulators had a strong mandate from a stringent mining policy backbone, Congress will not have to add a layer of bureaucracy to manage our minerals industry in the first place,” it said. —Melvin Gascon

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