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The Philex Mining Corp. said that they will support the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in whoever he appoints as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

MVP Group Media Bureau head Atty. Michael T. Toledo and Senior Vice-President for Public and Regulatory Affairs at Philex said that they are committed to support President Duterte in his fight against illegal mining.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation's chairperson and anti-mining advocate Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez has been appointed by the incoming President as DENR Secretary.

“The President-elect had every right to appoint whoever he deems fit to become the next (DENR) Secretary, not just on a matter of competence, but also on a matter of trust and confidence as a member of his official family,” said Toledo.

“Perhaps we should give her a chance as she is a known advocate for climate change and environmental protection.” Toledo said when asked about the effect Gina Lopez's acceptance as DENR Secretary.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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