Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation accuses the environment secretary of usurping Congress' powers when she required mines to pay P2 million per hectare of 'disturbed' land
However, the firm, Citinickel Mining and Development, says they are doing rehabilitation activities, not mining operations
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received
The incident is the second silt spill by the mining company in less than 2 years
The company currently operates mines in Palawan through unit Citinickel Mines and Development
Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. has paid the over P375,000 penalties to the government following the November silt spill in its Palawan operations
The government imposed over P500,000 fine for the tailings pond spill in November at Citinickel's Toronto mining operations in Palawan
Armed men suspected to be members of the rebel group New People's Army (NPA) set on fire the equipment of Citinickel Mining Corp. in Palawan in an alleged attempt to impose 'revolutionary taxes'