mining in the Philippines - updates

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Cagayan black sand miners win P94 million tax case at COA

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The 13 mining companies hurdle the Commission on Audit but the Bureau of Internal Revenue is not precluded from making its own tax assessment

BLACK SAND MINING. Black sand mining in Cagayan has been under scrutiny for supposedly causing erosion of land that result in massive flooding. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Murad encourages 'pro-people, pro-environment' mining in Bangsamoro

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The results of an ongoing mining audit will be the basis of a 'responsible mining' law in the new region, says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim delivers a message during the launching of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City on February 24, 2017. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

Two fishermen drown in abandoned open-pit mine in Rapu-Rapu

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and police are still looking for the two farmers who were with the fishermen

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

Rapu-Rapu's fishermen after mining

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Former miners in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, have returned to fishing, but they bring home less catch from waters that have been tainted by the mine's wastewater

LEFT BEHIND. The open pit mine is set to be dumped with land soon.

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The two senatorial bets slam the Mining Act for favoring big corporations instead of Filipino communities

[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

Anti-mining advocates push for 'rights of nature' law

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups join the Salakyag ng mga Sangnilikha, which aims to empower communities to talk about environmental issues

Stop Killing The Environment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

Mayor leads demolition of mining facility in Palawan town

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'[Ipilan Nickel Corporation] does not respect law, order, or anyone in authority. I was forced to exercise the police power of the mayor,' Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano tells Rappler

DEMOLITION. Brooke's Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano (right, with a hat) reads her order to demolish 'illegal structures' within the Ipilan Nickel Corporation mine site. Photo by Marialen Galicia

DENR expects to finish review on suspensions, closures of mines by year-end

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says 14 mining operations filed a motion for reconsideration, while 13 appealed before the Office of the President

IN PHOTOS: Indigenous groups protest outside mining conference

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Around 300 protesters troop to the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to demand an end to destructive mining practices

Groups of Indigenous People with environment activists hold a lightning rally against the on-going Mining Philippines 2017 Conference of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines at the Sofitel in Pasay City on September 6, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential 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

Miners’ victory at the CA will be short-lived

May 02, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is set to face the Commission on Appointments on Tuesday Big Mining will probably have the numbers to end her brief but tumultuous reign

Quarrying in Batangas: 'No huge pit will be left here'

May 01, 2017 - 11:22 AM

The environment department s latest policy banning prospective open pit mines in the country has put the spotlight on quarrying which was excluded in the ban

QUARRY SITE SOON. Heavy equipment at the quarry site owned by Torreverde Corporation in Batangas. Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Burying Gina

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How big mining is moving earth and heaven to prevent the confirmation of Duterte’s environment crusader

ADVOCATE. In this photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to Malacañang reporters during a press briefing on February 9, 2017. File photo by Malacañang Photo

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Dominguez on Duterte's support for Lopez: I can't read President's mind

Mar 14, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon asks Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III about his opinion of President Rodrigo Duterte s recent statements on mining

DUTERTE'S CABINET. This photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 13th Cabinet meeting on March 6, 2017. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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Chamber of Mines files graft complaint vs Gina Lopez

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines takes its battle with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to the Ombudsman

COMPLAINT-AFFIDAVIT. Chamber of Mines Chairman Artemio Disini (left) and COMP Vice President Atty. Ronnie Recidoro files gross negligence against DENR Sec. Gina Lopez at the office of Ombudsman on Tuesday, March 13, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

Decision to close mines came from 'foundation of love' – Lopez

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:03 PM

It continues to strike me how decisions coming from a foundation of love and towards the life and well being of our people have been viewed so negatively says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing in Commission of Appointments at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

CA vice chair not satisfied with Lopez's answers

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:19 PM

San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora is not sure if the commission will have enough time to deliberate on Lopez s ad interim appointment

NOT SATISFIED. Representative Ronaldo Zamora talks to reporters after the confirmation hearing of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez before a committee of the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

ISO certification 'just one standard' for mines – Lopez

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:03 PM

At her confirmation hearing Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says her other standard for responsible mining is social justice

SOCIAL JUSTICE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez tells the Commission on Appointments that 'social justice' is also a criteria in determining responsible mining during her confirmation hearing on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Some mines in watersheds passed DENR audit – Lopez

Mar 09, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez tells the Commission on Appointments that some mines in watersheds were not sanctioned as their operations had no negative impact on the watersheds

'NON-NEGOTIABLE'. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says her position on environmental protection is 'non-negotiable.' Photo by Jasmin 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

Chamber of Mines: Lopez 'unfit, unqualified' to be DENR secretary

Mar 09, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Ms Lopez does not or cannot implement the law particularly on the issuance monitoring and regulation of MPSAs she should not be confirmed as DENR Secretary COMP tells the Commission on Appointments

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez prepares for her confirmation hearing on March 9, 2016. Photo from Senate PRIB

Lopez to CA member: Tell your brother he killed a mountain

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:34 AM

UPDATED Lopez to Representative Ronaldo Zamora: That s your brother s mine… Tell your brother he totally killed the mountain

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

Lopez's game plan at confirmation hearing: 'Tell the truth'

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will finally face the powerful Commission on Appointments on Wednesday March 8

AFTER MINING CLOSURES. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez presents her department's rehabilitation plan to communities affected by her recent decisions. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Dominguez on Lopez: 'Being a secretary not like being a crusader'

Feb 28, 2017 - 3:25 PM

You have to have an approach that is very balanced that is very deliberate that is very rational that is science based Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says of heading a government department

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

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

Lopez: Duterte agrees no mining in watersheds

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Don t worry you re my Cabinet secretary and naniniwala rin ako na hindi dapat i mina yung watersheds Environment Secretary Gina Lopez recalls President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

NO MINING ON WATERSHEDS? Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in watersheds. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Lopez to critics: Stop it already, fight clean

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

To the mining companies you talk about contracts [but] how about our contract to life? asks Environment Secretary Gina Lopez in an 8 minute video posted on her Facebook page

'FIGHT CLEAN.' Environment Secretary Gina Lopez addresses her critics and supporters in an 8-minute video. File photo by Joel Liporada/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

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

Mining group thanks Duterte for 'due process' on mine closures

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Around 23 mining companies face closure following an audit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Mining firms use FOI, ask DENR for specific audit findings

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is seeking complete details of the audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources so companies can defend themselves

TAKING ACTION. Heads of the mining industry detail the economic fallout that would result in the closure or suspension of 28 mining firms as well as the legal avenues available to them following a meeting held by the Chamber of Mines in the Philippines (COMP) held on February 7 in PAsig. (from left: COMP chairman Artemio Disini, former DENR director Mines and Geosciences Horace Ramos and President of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association Carlo Pimentel. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

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

Finance chief, miners: mining clampdown to lead to joblessness

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Aside from spooking the financial market Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the closure of 23 mines will result in joblessness affecting the livelihood of over 1 2 million people

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The Philippines' finance minister and local miners are worried about the million of workers to be affected in the DENR's long list of mining closures. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Confusion over the mining list: How did DENR decide on closure?

Feb 03, 2017 - 6:14 PM

This is what Duterte likes he doesn t like it when papers go really slow and MGB has been really really slow I m not happy with them at all says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

FOR CLOSURE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announces the closure of mining operations of 23 mining firms. File photo by Joel Liporada/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

Philippines driving up nickel prices – industry group

Jul 22, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Chamber of Mines of the Philippines official Ronald Recidoro: The price movement now is only because of the minister s pronouncements It threatens the future of a lot of mining projects already in the pipeline

Concerned citizens protest HMC activities in Manicani Island. Rappler File photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Climate change battleground for CDO local bets

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:05 PM

A forum for candidates in Cagayan de Oro puts a spotlight on climate change and environmental issues

Anti-mining protest dispersed in Zambales; 7 arrested

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Residents of Candelaria town barricade the road to stop the hauling trucks of a mining site – following the same protests in another town Santa Cruz

BARRICADE. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site, whose operations they blame for diseases and environmental problems. Photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

Progress under Aquino but more reforms needed – foreign bizmen

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Foreign business executives based in the Philippines say BPO infrastructure manufacturing and tourism are sectors where progress has been made in policy and economic reforms

MAKE A DENT. Members of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (shown in the photo) say weakest areas are now being focused upon by the National Competitiveness Council. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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