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Mining firms redirect P385M to COVID-19 response in host communities

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The funds are from the Social Development and Management Program, which miners are required to come up with under the Philippine Mining Act

Environmental group urges gov't not to renew OceanaGold's contract

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Kalikasan PNE national coordinator Leon Dulce says the government's decision on Oceanagold for contract renewal will serve as an 'acid test' of its stance on mining

Aerial view of Oceanagold mine’s open pit. Screen grab from Google Maps

[ANALYSIS] Time for Duterte to shut down this mining company

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

OceanaGold has not adhered to its commitments under its mining permit and various Philippine laws and regulations

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

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

Lower GDP over Duterte's policies? 'So be it,' says Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Environmental policies that have slowed down economic growth, such as the Boracay closure and stricter rules for mining, are 'justified,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine national anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

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

Duterte eyes open-pit mining ban until 2019

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The current open-pit mining ban could be extended, or a new one declared in 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on mining companies to reforest areas cleared for mining.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero as he is accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

LOOK: Protesters camped outside DENR light up a Christmas tree

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The tree symbolizes the hope of residents of Sta Cruz, Zambales, and Manicani, Eastern Samar, that open-pit mining activities in those areas will soon end

As the season of Christmas is fast-approaching, communities from Manicani and Zambales and Kampo light a Christmas Tree that will symbolize the hope of the residents of the said communities to be free from suffering caused by mining activities at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Dec 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mining stocks fall as Senate approves nearly 3,000% coal tax hike

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Isidro Consunji, chairman of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, says it would be 'discriminatory' if coal is singled out

Duterte rejects MICC proposal to lift open-pit mining ban

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Ayaw ko because it is destroying the soil and walang corrective measures kaagad,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on open-pit mining

Duterte to mining firms: Face closure if you pay NPA tax

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The New People's Army, says President Rodrigo Duterte, will not 'thrive' if it were not for the 'financial support' of mining companies

DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

Duterte backs open-pit mining ban but wants 'elbow room' for miners

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The President instructs DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to still consider the eventual closure of open pit mining operations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 18th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Duterte meets miners in Malacañang

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Face to face with mining company executives the President tells them to pay for the environmental damage caused by mining operations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in the illegal drug trade during his meeting with various mining companies in the country at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on August 3, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte to consult miners, Gina Lopez to 'rearrange' mining

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Good mining means no people are really in pain That should be the equation says President Rodrigo Duterte during a Davao City investment forum

Aklan towns vulnerable to flooding, landslides identified

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The identification of towns highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides is based on geohazard mapping and assessment

Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the mining impasse is one problem he needs to solve after the Marawi crisis is over

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 64th Araw ng Hagonoy celebration at the Municipal Complex in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur on July 5, 2017, expresses his grief over how Filipinos have been dying in the war in Marawi City. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academics due to the closure order earlier issued by the DENR.

WATCH: First-hand look at Nickel Asia’s open pit mining in Palawan

May 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM

What exactly constitutes responsible mining ?

Rappler Talk: Nickel Asia Corp and responsible mining in Palawan

May 21, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Nickel Asia s vice president for corporate communications Jose Bayani Baylon explains their operations in the province of Palawan

DMCI Holdings still upbeat on 2017 despite mining uncertainty

May 17, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The conglomerate s mining unit is cautiously optimistic as a new chief takes over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Ex-AFP chief Cimatu is new environment secretary

May 08, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Roy Cimatu is a former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and special envoy to the Middle East

OATH-TAKING. Ex-AFP chief and now Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu takes oath before President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang. Photo from Secretary Jesus Dureza's Facebook

The rejection of Gina Lopez is a rejection of change

May 05, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Her rejection as Department of Environment Natural Resources Secretary shows how destructive industries continue to hold Philippine lawmakers by their necks

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May 04, 2017 - 11:18 AM

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REJECTED. DENR secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mining stocks surge as Gina Lopez loses DENR post

May 03, 2017 - 6:25 PM

For some miners it is business as usual But for the mining chamber the next step is to seek a reversal of all the negative orders that Lopez issued

STOCKS SURGE. Mining and oil, which consists heavily of miners, earned 339.02 points, ending at 12,772.82 on Wednesday, May 3. PSE photo by Noel Celis/AFP, Gina Lopez photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CA rejects Gina Lopez as environment secretary

May 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The decision comes after 3 confirmation hearings on the staunch environmental advocate s ad interim appointment

PASSION. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez speaks during one of her confirmation hearings at the Commission of Appointments. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Gina Lopez faces 4th graft complaint as she awaits confirmation

May 03, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation accuses the environment secretary of usurping Congress powers when she required mines to pay P2 million per hectare of disturbed land

GOING AFTER GINA. Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation lawyer Lorna Kapunan of the environment secretary: "She cannot understand what is meant by separation of powers." Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lopez to CA: Put rights of Filipinos in your 'heart and soul'

May 02, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez urges the powerful Commission on Appointments to prioritize the welfare of Filipinos when it decides on her fate on May 3

LAST HEARING. Senator Manny Pacquiao, chair of the Commission on Appointments' committee on environment and natural resources, welcomes Environment Secretary Gina Lopez before the resumption of the CA hearing on her ad interim appointment on Tuesday, May 2. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Mining Act 'not enough' basis for DENR order on mine stockpile – Sato

May 02, 2017 - 3:59 PM

From my point of view the fact that we have to take care of farmers was enough reason for me Environment Secretary Gina Lopez tells the Commission on Appointments

LEGAL BASIS. Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato quizzes Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on the legal basis of her order on mine stockpile. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philex Mining suspends Silangan mine project

Apr 30, 2017 - 11:40 PM

This comes after Environment Secretary Gina Lopez banned the open pit method of mining for copper gold silver and complex ores in the Philippines

PHILEX'S FUTURE. Tagged as Philex's next key revenue generator once its Padcal mine closes in 2022, the Silangan mine in Surigao del Norte province has estimated reserves of 5 billion pounds of copper and 9 million ounces of gold in its 25-year mine life. Image from official website of Philex Mining

DENR bans 'prospective' open-pit mines

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:49 PM

4th UPDATE I m doing it now because I have no idea what s going to happen on Tuesday says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez referring to her upcoming confirmation hearing

TAMPAKAN. In this file photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez looks at a miniature sculpture of Tampakan during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments. File photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Medialdea: Order vs Lopez meant to prevent environment damage

Apr 19, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea responds to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez s concerns that his decisions on mining orders go against the very spirit of the Duterte administration

DEFENDING 'STAY ORDER.' Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) attends the Dutertenomics forum with other Cabinet officials, including Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez. Photo from Malacañang

Lopez hits Medialdea for 'counteracting' order on mine stockpile

Apr 19, 2017 - 2:52 PM

He s going against the very spirit of the Duterte administration which is to help the poor So I m not really happy about this at all says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez of the actions of the senior Palace official

SOCIAL JUSTICE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says it’s 'social justice' for the companies to help farmers. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DENR closure orders 'starting point' of MICC review

Mar 28, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna clarifies that the Mining Industry Coordinating Council s review is never a review of DENR s decisions

MEETING. Members of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council hold a closed-door meeting on March 28, 2017. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Mining firms say dispute with DENR could cost $16B

Mar 14, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The Chamber of Mines warns of the cost of arbitration with foreign firms

Dominguez: There was 'failure' of due process in mining audit

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III explains the Mining Industry Coordinating Council review to members of the Commission on Appointments

GOOD BALANCE. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says Cabinet members should strive to work as a team. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte eyes total mining ban, backs embattled Lopez

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte links mining companies to the alleged destabilization plot against him

MINING BAN? President Rodrigo Duterte expresses dismay over the environmental damage which he says was caused by mining companies. Photo by Jazmin Dulay/Rappler

Mining magnate Zamora to Lopez: I've never 'killed a mountain'

Mar 09, 2017 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED Mountains I have climbed and time I have killed – but not even in my wildest imagination have I ever killed a mountain Not guilty says businessman Manuel Zamora in response to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

DENR secretary Gina Lopez answers questions from the members of the congress during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MICC review 'usurpation of DENR mandate' – Lopez

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez questions the P50 million MICC review of her order to close and suspend mining operations saying this is a function it is not mandated to do

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez faces the Commission on Appointments on March 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Duterte pleads to CA: Allow Gina Lopez to present her case

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:48 PM

The day before Gina Lopez faces the Commission on Appointments President Rodrigo Duterte hopes for a happy compromise between the Cabinet official and her detractors

PRAYING FOR GINA. Religious and environment groups pray over DENR Secretary Gina Lopez during a mass at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO

Review of DENR mining closures finished in 3 months – Dominguez

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:51 AM

The Finance Secretary says the review is necessary to ensure DENR Secretary Gina Lopez stands on firm ground when she orders a stop to mining operations

CORRECTING LAPSES. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez says the MICC's technical working group will thoroughly review the DENR's issuances on mining. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Lopez urges CA: 'Make decisions based on common good'

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM

I feel that whoever is in the Commission on Appointments must have no vested business interests because the rhyme and reason for appointment should be public service says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

PLANNING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez meets with affected miners in Loreto, Dinagat island province on February 25, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DENR exec on mining audit: Not true there was no due process

Feb 24, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The mere fact that mining companies replied to the DENR s audit findings means that they acknowledge due process was being observed says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

MINING CLOSURES. This box contains documents from mining companies with closure order. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler