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Industry outraged over cancellation of 75 mining deals

Threat to $22B worth of projects
/ 12:09 AM February 16, 2017
MINING SAFETY Miners follow safety protocols at Philex Mining Corp.’s Padcal operations. Mining stocks have tumbled after the environment secretary canceled 75 mining contracts. —EV ESPIRITU

MINING SAFETY Miners follow safety protocols at Philex Mining Corp.’s Padcal operations. Mining stocks have tumbled after the environment secretary canceled 75 mining contracts. —EV ESPIRITU

Mining companies voiced outrage on Wednesday over Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s decision to cancel 75 mining contracts, days after she ordered 23 mines shut and five other suspended.

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines said it would fight Lopez’s decision, warning it threatened $22 billion worth of projects.

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The contracts are for projects in the pipeline but are not yet operating.

“She’s out to kill the industry. We do not see a future for us under her,” said Ronald Recidoro, the chamber’s vice president for legal and policy affairs.

Lopez’s decision has put the government at risk of spending “several billions of dollars” in taxpayer money should the mining companies go to court and sue for full reimbursement of their investments, according to Dante Bravo, president of Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc. and its subsidiary, Platinum Group Metals Corp.

“Under the law, there is an investment guarantee,” Bravo told a news forum in Quezon City on Wednesday. “Congress will have to pass a law to pay for this damage or for the return of investment for all the mining companies affected.” —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP

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