Duterte agrees with DENR decision to close mines.
On a visit to earthquake-struck Surigao City, President Duterte expressed his support for Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s decision to shut down 23 mining operations, many of which are located in Surigao. Witnessing firsthand the apparent environmental destruction caused by mining operations, Duterte stated that it would be impossible “to restore nature to what it was before. So I think I really will shut them all down.” The decision to close the mines ultimately lies with the president, who also promised to find employment for the 1.2 million people who depend on the mines for their livelihood.
Massive anti-Trump rallies held across Mexico.
Trump’s promise to build a border wall with Mexico continues to cause outrage with its neighbor. After Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled an upcoming state visit over Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for the wall, countrywide protests are the most visible sign yet of increasingly strained US-Mexico relations. Trump has threatened punitive import tariffs on US companies moving their operations across the border as well as the mass deportation of migrants living in the US illegally.
2017 Grammy winners announced.
Adele received the top honors at this year's awards show by winning best album of the year along with four other awards, while Beyonce took home trophies for best music video and contemporary album. However, Chance the Rapper, beating out established industry veterans, was the winner of the night for many observers, taking home awards for best new artist, rap performance and rap album. Late music icon David Bowie was also honored with four awards, including for best rock song and performance, while A Tribe Called Quest used the awards stage to protest against President Trump.
Senator De Lima expects arrest order.
Senator Leila de Lima stated on Monday that she expected her arrest to be imminent given the recent statements made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. The Justice Secretary is fast-tracking De Lima’s arrest by filing the cases against her in regular courts, which the senator argues is improper procedure. De Lima noted that the Ombudsman should be responsible for handling her case, while her Liberal Party allies voiced their concern over a possible arrest warrant they consider to be without any legal basis.