Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte

“If you cannot do it right, then get out of mining."

Duterte firmly stands by the actions of his Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, who takes a hard stance against mining: she has canceled 75 mining contracts approved previously and ordered the closure of 23 mines operating on coastal watersheds last month. Although, he did not support Lopez in her confirmation hearings which led to her ouster, much to the satisfaction of the mining industry.