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Duterte to 'confront' Congress on need to 'close mining industry'

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning on mining comes after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspended small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Photo from Malacañang

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Fishermen in Rapu-Rapu face bleak future due to mining woes

Apr 15, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Fishermen of Rapu-Rapu town in Albay have to sail past municipal waters just to catch fish

RAPU-RAPU ISLAND. An aerial photo of Barangay Poblacion Rapu-Rapu, Albay Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Lacson explains vote on Gina Lopez: 'Not fit nor qualified for the job'

May 04, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says former environment secretary Gina Lopez has authoritarian tendencies

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson talks to then environment secretary Gina Lopez before her confirmation hearing in March 2017. Photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

CA quizzes Lopez on definition of watersheds

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:10 PM

They re not all proclaimed watersheds I will agree but a watershed is a watershed is a watershed Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says about the cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements in watersheds

FIRST HEARING. Senator Manny€ Pacquiao, chair of the Commission on Appointments' (CA) committee on environment and natural resources, shares a light conversation with CA vice chair and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (middle) during a hearing on Wednesday, March 8. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

DENR asks 22 mining firms to explain incomplete deposits to rehab fund

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Environment Undersecretary Maria Paz Luna says the mining companies were issued show cause orders on February 14 for violating the Philippine Mining Act of 1995

TRANSPARENCY. The environment department presents to media the voluminous documents related to the mining audit. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Mining in PH: What Gina Lopez, Duterte have said

Jul 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

He said she said Here s what Lopez and Duterte have so far declared on mining

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Mining firm files charges vs 10 Zambales residents

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:13 PM

Residents of Santa Cruz Zambales have blocked the hauling trucks of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation since its mining operations reportedly caused floods in the villages

BARRICADE. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales have been blocking the hauling trucks of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation in protest of the environmental damage its operations have reportedly caused in the villages. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Davao vows to shield mining ban from Malacañang pressure

May 13, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Davaoeños say their local law is a step forward for the nationwide campaign to end destructive activities that would permanently damage the country s rich natural resources

‘MAKE IT NATIONAL.’ Environmentalists in a rally on May 13, 2015, say the total mining ban adopted by Davao City ‘is a step forward for the nationwide campaign to end destructive activities that would permanently damage the country's rich natural resources.’ Photo by Karlos Manlupig, Rappler

PH mining firms sign industry scorecard

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Top mining companies agree to a new monitoring program to check their environmental footprint while doing business

With 2 years left in his term, Aquino has more to do, biz groups say

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:42 PM

President Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address earns raves rants from business groups and a former Cabinet official

Foreign firms call for review of mining zones, tax scheme

Jul 11, 2014 - 3:50 PM

They want to hear what President Aquino intends to do about it in his State of the Nation Address on July 28

COMMIT. Investors – especially foreign investors – hopes President Aquino would include in his State of the Nation Address that the government commits to upholding and enforcing the current Mining Act (of 1995).

Mining royalties plunge as nickel prices fall

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:31 PM

Several nickel producers posted lower H1 earnings because of the drop in metal prices

A DAY IN THE MINE. Workers carry load on their heads as they head out to start their workday at the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation. Photo by Rick Rocamora

Sereno: Govt gets no share in mining profits

Jul 30, 2013 - 7:27 PM

Chief Justice Sereno says government has not gotten any share in mining profits other than taxes

PROFIT SHARING. The Supreme Court may have no choice but to review the profit sharing between government and mining companies under the Mining Act. File photo from Newsbreak

Mining chamber to argue revenue-sharing issue in SC

Jun 27, 2013 - 7:13 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines wants the Supreme Court to nullify a petition challenging the constitutionality of the revenue sharing provisions of the Mining Act

STOP THE PETITION. The mining chamber wants the Supreme Court to nullify the petition of a group questioning the constitutionality of the Mining Act. File photo from Newsbreak

Nullify Mining Act or just the DENR order?

Apr 17, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Justice Velasco says amending the department order could be the better option

LAST SAY. Like in any other case, the High Court has the final word on electoral disputes. This, however, affects political configuration.

Philex gets final go-signal to resume mining

Mar 06, 2013 - 5:13 PM

The pollution body gives go signal for Philex Mining to temporarily resume operations at its Padcal gold copper mine

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

Cost of PH's worst mine leak? P4-B, Philex says

Feb 18, 2013 - 1:21 PM

The Philippines worst mining incident in terms of volume spilled costs gold producer Philex Mining an estimated P4 billion

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

Philex settles P1-B mine leak fine

Feb 18, 2013 - 12:28 PM

Philex Mining Corp turns over a P1 034 billion check to the government to settle penalties for mine leaks in Benguet

P1 BILLION. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (right) shows the check that Philex turned over to settle mine leak fine. Photo by Cai Ordinario

Harmonization of national, local laws a priority - Paje

Nov 21, 2012 - 10:45 AM

The Environment Secretary says the government is taking steps to address the issue amid the ongoing tension in South Cotabato where a local ordinance banned the 5 9 billion copper gold project of Xstrata

TIMELINE: Philippine mining laws and policies

Nov 11, 2012 - 7:56 PM

Legislation that serves as the bedrock of the country’s mining industry continues to evolve from the Mining Act of 1995 Executive Order 79 and most recently a revised IRR

Photos of miners by Newsbreak / Andy Zapata. Photo of Aquino from Malacañang Photo Bureau. Illustration by Mich Garcia

After another mine spill, Philex eyes replacing Benguet facility

Sep 02, 2012 - 4:40 PM

Philex stands ready to replace tailings pond No 3

Philex-Benguet mine. AFP photo.

EO: No new mining contracts

Jul 09, 2012 - 12:19 PM

The mining EO imposes a moratorium on new contracts as the government works to legislate revenue sharing scheme

For banning mining in Davao, Duterte gets praise

Mar 13, 2012 - 1:17 PM

Davao and other local communities have passed ordinances banning mining