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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

SEC approves Marcventures' merger with 2 mining firms

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The merger will allow Marcventures to gain control of mineral resource from Bauxite Ore, the main raw material of aluminium

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

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 4, 2017

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

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 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

PCCI: Investors may dump PH over cancelled mining agreements

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:16 PM

How can a company risk stockholders money in projects if the investment rules are unclear and uncertain? says the president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, in a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017, said their agency is gearing towards the establishment of ‘E3 zone’ or the ecological, economical and educational programs in areas where mining firms will be closed. Malacañang Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 15, 2017

Feb 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Panelo: Cabinet trying to 'protect' Lopez from mining companies

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is just very protective of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

BACKING GINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez attend a meeting in Cebu on January 25, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Duterte: 'Nothing I can do' about mining closures

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:30 PM

I think they will never be able to restore nature to what it was before So I think I really will shut them all down says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech in Surigao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by military officers as he arrives in Surigao City on February 12, 2017 to visit the victims of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit the province on February 10. ROBINSON NIÑAL/ Presidential Photo

Gina Lopez: MICC 'cannot tell me what to do'

Feb 10, 2017 - 2:33 PM

UPDATED The Mining Industry Coordinating Council review of the mining sanctions she earlier imposed is meant just to appease the miners says the DENR secretary even as mining firms questioned her emotional decision making

STANDING HER GROUND. File photo of DENR Secretary Gina Lopez

Gov't to spend P8B for workers displaced by mining closures

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:18 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva hits the government for being unprepared for the effects of mining closures on workers

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

After DENR's mining audit, what happens now?

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is proposing an area development approach that will help take care of resources in mining areas

Benguet Corp faces P24-M fine for tailings leak in old mine

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The Environmental Management Bureau in Cordillera region will recommend the fine on Benguet Corporation to the Pollution Adjudication Board following the tailings leak at its old open pit mine in Itogon Benguet

FCF Minerals Corp to start gold mine operation in Nueva Vizcaya this year

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:34 AM

The Philippine subsidiary of UK firm Metals Exploration Plc will begin the commercial operation of its Runruno Gold Project after more than a decade of exploration and construction of facilities

GOLD MINE. British firm FCF Minerals will operate its gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya before the end of 2016

20 mining firms recommended for suspension – DENR

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED Environment officials bare the results of their audit on mining operations in the country

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez gives a briefing at  the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office. File Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DMCI Mining to lay off 400 workers as DENR stops expansion

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The job cuts come after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of DMCI Mining s companies in Palawan and Zambales

MINERS IN ACTION. A miner goes down to an underwater pit using a hose from a compressor as the only source of air. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Int'l group slams PH gov't failure to stop child labor in mines

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED While the Philippine benefits from small scale mining in the provinces HRW says the industry must be rid of any and all elements that force children to live adult lives

CHILD LABOR. The image shows children working for small-scale mining. Photo from HRW

Mining in Surigao del Sur: Soil of life, soil of death

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Siltation from mining activities is harming the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers in the province

TELLTALE COLOR. The banks of a river in Surigao del Sur show evidence of siltation

Philex eyes Padcal extension with add'l minerals found

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm says it found an additional 110 9 million tons of mineral resources – a find that could extend the mine’s life beyond 2020

IN NUMBERS: Economic promise of mining in PH

Feb 20, 2015 - 11:00 AM

There are 38 operating mines in the Philippines How have they contributed to the economy?

Gov’t lifts suspension on Philex’s Padcal mine

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The mining company has ‘substantially addressed’ the adverse impacts of the disastrous spill of mining sediments in Benguet in August 2012 says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

REHAB MEASURES. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

Apex Mining still affected by guerrilla attack

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:43 PM

The attack on Apex Mining Company operations cause a temporary set back in the development of additional reserves due to damages on mine equipment

Semirara Mining, mayor threaten to bulldoze rice fields

Feb 26, 2014 - 7:37 PM

With help from the mayor the company wants to drive away the farmers so it can relocate families from another village affected by its coal project expansion

ATTEMPTED DEMOLITION. The locals of Poocan in Semirara Island, Caluya town in Antique oppose the attempted bulldozing of their ricefields. All photos from PAKISAMA

DENR raids illegal mining plant in CamNorte

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:06 PM

An MGB NBI team raids a mining plant of Bo Hai Top Mining in Labo Camarines Norte for operating without a permit

Miners want single tax regime

Sep 11, 2013 - 5:23 PM

Large mining firms want the current tax system to be streamlined into a single rate progressive and equitable structure that is easy to implement

$12-B mining projects on hold amid revenue-sharing issues

Sep 10, 2013 - 11:16 PM

The Chamber of Mines says the government will miss its 16 B mining investment target by 2016 due to unclear tax policy

Brother of anti-mining tribal leader slain

Jan 31, 2013 - 7:08 AM

The brother of Blaan tribal leader Daguil Cafeon is killed 3 months after his wife and sons died in an encounter

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

Are environmental activists targeted for killing?

Oct 31, 2012 - 9:28 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chair Loretta Ann Rosales says environmental activists particularly those tackling mining are getting killed

File photo by Voltaire Tupaz

Political economy: The fate of the mining reform bill

Sep 13, 2012 - 8:41 PM

Extending the waiting period for the mining reform bill until after 2013 elections means the no new mining contracts regime also stays longer

Details in Mining EO need to be sorted out soon

Jul 13, 2012 - 2:59 PM

But there’s no saying how long it will take Congress to pass a new law

Gov't should resolve policy on open pit mining

Mar 27, 2012 - 5:35 PM

The National Institute of Geological Sciences laments the use of non scientific factors in opposing mining

Showdown on mining

Mar 02, 2012 - 10:54 AM

Advocates and critics of mining hold a crucial conference before gov t releases its new mining policy