President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to shut down mining companies who are providing communist terrorist groups with explosives.
The directive was given during the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee on March 19.
“The President directed the Department of Environment and National Resources to revoke the licenses, permits of mining companies violating explosive handling rules or reported to be supplying explosives to Communist Terrorist groups,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said during today’s press briefing.
The President also said uniformed personnel found violating laws on explosives will be automatically expelled from service.
“Military and police who also found violating laws on explosives will face automatic expulsion,” Roque said.
Roque said the President also ordered the creation of the Task Force from Mindanao, IP convergence to address the plight of the indigenous people of Mindanao.