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"There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension"

"There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension" "There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension" "There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension" "There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension" "There is no legal basis for any proposed suspension"

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte (second from left) and environment secretary Regina Lopez (far right)

Lopez justified the government decision to close 23 mines announced this week by citing the environmental and social damage inflicted by the industry in that country, which is the world’s top nickel