Gov't to heavily tax mining for damage to environment

Duterte vowed to go after the multi-billion mining industry, even as he admitted some officials in the mining companies were his friends.

"You have to come up with a substitute, either spend to restore the virginity of their source or I will tax you to death," said Duterte.

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