Philippines to suspend over ten more mines in environmental crackdown: minister

September 21, 2016 1:19 AM EDT

Philippines Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez answers a question during a news conference at the department's headquarters in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will suspend more than 10 additional mines in an ongoing environmental crackdown on the sector but the announcement of who will be shut has been moved to Sept. 26, the minister in charge of mining said on Wednesday.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez said more than 10 mines will "definitely" be suspended "because of the many violations."

Other details, including the identities of those to be suspended, will be announced on Sept. 26, she said.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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