By Max Bonnell and Edwina Kwan, King & Wood Mallesons Sydney, Australia

Max BonnellAlex BaykitchThe Philippines is the world’s top producer of nickel ore, supplying more nickel ore to China than any other country. However the viability of the Filipino nickel industry is currently in a state of flux following President Rodrigo Duterte’s national mining audit of the country’s forty metallic mines. The mining audit began soon after President Duterte’s election in July 2016 and has already resulted in the suspension of 10 nickel ore mines.

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