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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering a speech during the 115th founding anniversary of the Bureau of Customs in metro Manila, Phillippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco


MANILA (Reuters) - The closure and suspension of dozens of Philippine mines will undergo due process, a senior official at the office of the president said on Thursday.

"Due process means it hears before it condemns," Salvador Panelo, chief legal counsel for President Rodrigo Duterte, told reporters.

Panelo said an inter-agency mining council, meeting behind closed doors, will soon issue a resolution on the matter.

(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)