"At this point in my administration, it is possible that we shall put a stop to the extraction and exportation of our mineral resources for process abroad and importing them back to the Philippines," Duterte said, as quoted by GMA News outlet during the annual State of the Nation Address.
Duterte also criticized the mining companies operating in the country for their negative impact on the environment.
"I am holding all mining companies and its officials responsible for the full and quick cleanup, restoration, rehabilitation, all areas damaged by mining activities and the extension of necessary effects to the communities that have suffered," the Philippine leader pointed out.
Manila is currently undergoing a campaign against the environmental degradation by the mining industry. Despite the significance of the industry for the country’s economy, the Philippine government ordered in February that the operations of 28 mines be suspended.