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Philippines' duterte threatens to close mines that support rebels

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Philippines' duterte threatens to close mines that support rebels SUBSCRIBE my channel here: https://goo.gl/F8gn4Z Source video: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-duterte-mining/philippines-duterte-threatens-to-close-mines-that-support-rebels-idUKKBN1DL1EO?il=0 G+ here: https://goo.gl/UzMJVe ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MANILA Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday threatened to shut down any mine that supports Maoist rebels waging a protracted guerrilla war to overthrow the government. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Malacanang Palace in metro Manila, Philippines November 15, 2017. REUTERSDondi TawataoThe Philippines has been in onagain, offagain peace talks with the National Democratic Front NDF, the political arm of the communist movement, since 1986 to end a rebellion that has killed more than 40,000 people and stunted growth in resourcerich rural areas. In a speech honouring soldiers who fought proIslamic State militants for five months in the southern city of Marawi, Duterte said that attacks from the Maoist rebels had been on the rise, forcing him to end negotiations, and that he would declare the guerrilla group a terrorist organisation. “If I go against the communists, then everybody has to reconfigure their relationship with the New People’s Army,” he said, referring to the communists’ armed wing. “If you support them financially, I will close you down.” Duterte said some mines were paying “revolutionary taxes” to the rebels in exchange for allowing their operations in remote areas to continue. He did not name any companies. Mines in the Philippines, many with foreign partners, are digging for gold, nickel, copper, chromite and coal. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau said the country had estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral wealth as of 2012. The rebels are also engaged in smallscale mining, like gold panning in the south. Mining companies shared the president’s position, Ronald Recidoro, executive director at the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, said. “We do not condone any member supporting the New People’s Army through the payment of revolutionary taxes,” Recidoro told Reuters. “This is clearly against the law and they really should be pro... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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