MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged on Wednesday to recover the more than 60 remaining bodies of miners killed in a massive coal shaft explosion in 2006, a mission he described as a humanitarian promise made to victims’ families.

FILE PHOTO: Mock coffins, symbolising the 65 miners who died in an explosion at Grupo Mexico’s Pasta de Conchos coal mine, are displayed at the Angel of the Independence monument during a protest to mark the 12th anniversary of the disaster, in Mexico City, Mexico February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme/File Photo

The announcement came on Mexico’s Labor Day holiday, and Lopez Obrador said he did not expect the company that operated the mine to oppose him.

“This is an act of justice