KORONADAL CITY — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of South Cotabato on Monday approved the proposal to lift the controversial ban on open-pit mining, removing the decades-long thorn in the throat of the $5.9 billion (about P295 billion) Tampakan project, Southeast Asia’s largest untapped copper-gold minefield.

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