What this means in a nutshell — extractive industries have had it easy in the past with their own versions of graft and corruption. I think they know how bad mining is to the environment, especially in watershed and wildlife sanctuaries. The mining industry made plans accordingly and are now shocked to discover that the DENR has broad powers to shut them down.
Did Secretary Gina Lopez jump the gun in ordering the closure of mines found in violation of environmental standards? Perhaps, but other groups ate waiting in the sidelines to countersue mining companies of even worse graft charges than those against Sec. Lopez. The indigenous peoples organizations here in the Cordilleras ate cheering her on. And they’ve learned a thing or two about contesting land grabs in the court over the years. I suspect that mining companies stuck in a neoliberal mindset have difficulty seeing just how strong the resistance will be if they insist.
Chamber of Mines files graft complaint vs Gina Lopez