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PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder,' says the International Trade union Confederation

Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod ( BMP-KPML) stage a Labor Day Protest in front of their houses in Caloocan City on May 1, 2020, calling on the goverment for more benefits and assistance to workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The African giraffe population as a whole has shrunk by an estimated 40% over the past 3 decades, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows new-born giraffe Ella and her mother Amalka at their enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. - Five-year old giraffe Amalka gave birth to the baby on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century – report

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

'It looks like we are losing this fight,' says the author of the report by the conservation group Traffic

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Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Customs bureau files cases vs more 'ukay-ukay' importers

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'This is to show our unrelenting drive to run after the smugglers who are trying to cheat the government,' says Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña

FIGHTING SMUGGLING. Customs officials file smuggling cases against 5 trading companies on August 3, 2018. Photo by Bureau of Customs

PH still among world's 'worst' countries to work in – report

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Despite the collective efforts to achieve better wages and working conditions, there was a rise in repression, intimidation, and discrimination faced by working people,' says the International Trade Union Confederation

LABOR DAY. Workers march in the streets of Manila on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to demand better conditions for the labor sector. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

COA questions trade expo execs over P3 million in gadgets

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:34 PM

COA finds that CITEM used money from its building maintenance budget to buy 26 notebook PCs, 3 Mac desktops, two iPhones, and two Samsung phones

BOC files smuggling charges vs 2 ATI officials, importers

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says there will also be an investigation into the possible involvement of customs personnel in the illegal release of 105 containers

SHIPMENTS. In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Whang-od's family urges public: 'Stop the negativity'

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:40 AM

'Ang masasabi ko lang, sana nandoon sila sa event para alam nila. Hindi tayo sana mapanghusga,' says Grace Palicas, Apo Whang-od's grandniece

LEGEND. Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od Oggay went to Manila FAME from October 21 to 22. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od's nephew: 'She enjoyed the Manila visit but...'

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Whang-od's nephew Jayvee Franz Paclay Sabawil says the centenarian tattoo artist should have been allowed to conduct the live sessions inside a private room instead of a platform in the exhibit area

TATTOO. Whang Od along with her assistant tattoo artists conduct live sessions during the Manila FAME as onlookers took photo of the group. Photo from DTI-CITEM

Whang-od not 'exploited,' says Manila FAME organizers

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Manila FAME organizers fly in Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od to Manila to endorse her nomination to the National Living Treasure Awards

MANILA FAME. Filipino tattoo artist Apo Whang Od graced Manila Fame with her presence and did live tattoo sessions for two days. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

World wildlife talks end with tighter conservation rules

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

While the negotiations at times exposed bitter divisions campaigners hail increased protection for hundreds of plant and animal species

An installation showing a rhino and an elephant is seen in Mandela Square as part of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild, Fauna and Flora) convention in Johannesburg on September 26, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots

African Grey parrots are displayed for sale at a bird market in Kuwait City on on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

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Jun 20, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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China exports rise for first time in 9 months

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED Imports however fall for the 17th straight month

A crane moves a container at a container port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province, March 7, 2016. Yu Fangping/EPA

Roxas: No to 'dead' TPP trade deal

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:50 PM

From his earlier cautious stance on the US led agreement the Liberal Party standard bearer now says he s against the TPP

MORE DEFINITIVE. Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas says the TPP is 'dead,' and will harm the Philippines' agriculture sector. Rappler file photo

Customs to auction P9.52M smuggled rice on September 30

Sep 20, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The Bureau of Customs says 22 container vans of illegally imported rice are set to be auctioned off on September 30

APEC members create coalition to join ‘services revolution’

Sep 08, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The services sector will employ the most number of people a UN International Trade Center official says

 PIONEERS. The 3 who spearheaded the cause of the services sector at the APEC SRMM meeting (from left): Jane Drake-Brockman, Anthony Nightingale, and Peter Perfecto. All photos by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Customs to auction overstaying rice at Manila Port

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:44 PM

The public auction set for August 25 includes over 10 million kilos of overstaying rice shipments and is expected to generate P186 million 4 026 million for the government

Top China, Taiwan officials meet amid protests

May 23, 2015 - 4:51 PM

China s rejection of Taiwan as a founding member of the Beijing led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is expected to be raised at the officials meeting

Thousands march in Europe against US-EU free trade pact

Apr 19, 2015 - 8:35 AM

Resistance to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP is fierce in Germany with tens of thousands joining demonstrations across the country

Anti-TTIP-demonstrators form a human chain in front of the US embassy (L) and the Brandenburg Gate to protest against the proposed US-EU free trade pact or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Berlin on April 18, 2015. Nearly 600 demonstrations are planned worldwide in protest against free trade agreements, with more than 200 being held in Germany alone. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

Botswana conference heightens alarm over illegal wildlife trade

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:04 AM

The event comes up with few new ideas on how the tackle the damage wrought by illegal traffickers on species ranging from elephants and tigers to sea turtles and pangolins

CONTRABAND. Confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks hidden in a carry-on suitcase displayed during a press conference at Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 August 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Rights groups urge Gulf states to protect migrant workers

Nov 23, 2014 - 5:39 PM

International rights and labor groups call for urgent actions to protect the rights of migrant workers ahead of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue on labor migration

New curbs on trade in threatened sharks

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:54 PM

A landmark agreement aimed at afeguarding the world s oldest predator takes effect Sunday September 14

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings – CITES

Jul 12, 2014 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED Bangkok is under additional pressure to report back by next January on the steps it has taken to bolster recent laws that CITES claims are insufficient

China demand for furniture spur illegal logging in SE Asia

May 12, 2014 - 11:39 PM

The demand for so called hongmu furniture has seen stocks of Siamese rosewood decimated across the Mekong area – Vietnam Cambodia Laos Myanmar and Thailand says a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency

PH to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf an environment department official says

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

SC TRO on alleged smuggled rice 'initial victory' for farmers

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Deparment of Agriculture praised the Supreme Court s TRO which stopped the release of alleged smuggled rice shipments in Davao

HAPPY. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla welcomes the Supreme Court decision.

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

WTO hails 'historic' trade agreement

Dec 07, 2013 - 3:19 PM

UPDATED Simplification of customs procedures pledges to limit agricultural subsidies and aid for least developed countries are part of the new agreement

MILESTONE AGREEMENT. Indonesia's Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan (right) shakes hands with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo after the final agreement before the closing ceremony of the WTO conference in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Sonny Tumbelaka

Green groups quit ailing climate talks

Nov 21, 2013 - 8:20 PM

UPDATED Green groups: The Warsaw climate conference which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future is on track to deliver virtually nothing

CLIMATE CONFERENCE. A view of the conference hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the High-level Segment of the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP19/CMP9) in Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Alcala to organic farmers: Reimburse your certification

Oct 19, 2013 - 7:47 PM

Third party certification will allow organic farming practitioners to participate in international trade

REIMBURSE. If producers worry of the steep cost of third-party certification, they can apply to reimburse with the Department of Agriculture. File photo by AFP

Some Samsung imports banned in US patent case

Aug 10, 2013 - 10:32 AM

The ruling was the latest in a long running and bitter global battle over alleged patent infringement between the two giants

A file photo dated 17 August 2011 shows a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (R) and an Apple Ipad2 (L) at a store in The Hague, The Netherlands. Photo by EPA/Robert Vos

US overturns Apple ban in blow to Samsung

Aug 04, 2013 - 10:53 AM

It is the first time since 1987 that a US administration had vetoed a product ban ordered by the trade panel

P420-M worth of ivory tusks crushed in symbolic act

Jun 21, 2013 - 1:32 PM

The Philippines becomes the first Asian country to destroy its multi million dollar stockpile of ivory tusks

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

PH to destroy 5 tons of ivory tusks

Jun 11, 2013 - 1:49 PM

The Philippines says it will destroy five tons of confiscated elephant tusks as part of a global campaign to raise awareness against the illegal trade of so called blood ivories

ILLEGAL: Trading in ivory is illegal since 1989. Photo courtesy of CITES

US panel backs Samsung, bans older Apple devices

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:41 AM

But the victory could be largely symbolic because the ban covers devices that are no longer actively sold in the US market

Demand for exotic pets pushes species to the brink

Mar 13, 2013 - 12:41 PM

With high price tags luring criminal gangs conservationists are calling for increased efforts to crack down on the illegal trade of exotic pets fueled by the demands of collectors

SAVED FROM ILLEGAL TRADE. This file picture taken on July 4, 2007 shows seized star tortoises at the Nehru Zoological park in Hyderabad. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Noah SEELAM

Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Global conservationists will converge in Bangkok for the start of key endangered species talks on Sunday March 3 as host Thailand faces pressure to curb rampant ivory smuggling through its territory

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia is behind an ever mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos conservationists say as authorities fail to rein in hugely lucrative international smuggling networks

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Pacific Rim LatAm countries show growing clout

Jan 28, 2013 - 10:07 AM

Spain s bid to join the Pacific Alliance illustrates the growing clout of the trade association between Chile Colombia Mexico and Peru a new rival to the South American trading bloc Mercosur

PACIFIC BLOC. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala walk together after holding a meeting of the Pacific Alliance - a trade association between the four countries - during the Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, on January 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

After Aman Futures Group, another scammer in Mindanao?

Nov 19, 2012 - 5:04 PM

Another company allegedly engaged in a similar racket in Pagadian City was entrapped by police