Philippines’ Richest Clash On Mining’s Future

The mining forum on Friday, March 2, will be remembered for the love-triangle-on-display among Regina Lopez (of the fabled Lopez clan behind giants ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings), Gerardo Brimo (of Nickel Asia and the industry chamber), and Manuel V. Pangilinan (of giants PLDT, Metro Pacific’s mega infrastructure projects, and Philex Mining).

Lopez and Brimo exchanged I-love-you’s, while Pangilinan accused Lopez of “lying” as almost 600 of the country’s well-heeled packed a hotel ballroom while thousands tuned in to livestreaming or participated on social media via Twitter’s #WhyMining.  

The main impact of the forum, however, is on the Aquino government’s next moves on the mining industry. How will it balance the positions of both sides in its upcoming new mining policy?

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