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Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez speaks at a Dec. 15 press conference.

Philippines orders closure of 21 mines on environmental grounds

Half of the country's nickel output affected, but economic impact seen as minimal

MIKHAIL FLORES, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- The Philippines on Thursday ordered the closure of 21 mining operations following an industrywide audit launched by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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