CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Pirate Bay using visitor CPUs for cryptocurrency mining

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:31 PM

The site is testing a monetization option that involves hijacking user CPUs to mine virtual coins

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The simple life of David M. Consunji

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

To know David M Consunji was to know a simple truth: he concerned himself most with those who mattered to him

INSTITUTION. Pictured rightmost of the photo is David M. Consunji, who was called the father of contemporary construction in the Philippines. Photo from company website

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

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

DMCI founder David Consunji dies

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:25 AM

UPDATED David Consunji the Philippines 6th richest man established DMCI in 1954 and turned it into one of the top conglomerates in the country

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

Sand mining: Growing pains of cross-border trade

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Unchecked sand mining with more sand removed each year than what can be replaced by the natural processes occurring over the course of centuries is unsustainable

GATHERING SAND. Sand diggers are seen loading trucks at a quarry on the banks of the Congo river in the Kombe district of Brazzaville on March 28, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:11 PM

The practice has become so popular in Russia that computer stores have run out of graphic cards being bought and used by cryptocurrency miners

'MINING' COMPUTERS. Russia's crypto-businessman Dmitry Marinichev's virtual currencies mining farm operates in a former Soviet-era car factory warehouse in Moscow, July 26, 2017. Individuals, or firms like Marinichev's, provide the computing power to run the so-called blockchain which records the world's virtual money transactions. In return for providing that service they receive virtual money, of which bitcoin is the most popular, as payment – a process bitcoiners call 'mining.' Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/AFP

Results: August 2017 Mining Engineers board exam

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Saint Louis University is the top performing school at the August 2017 Mining Engineers licensure examination

COA hits MGB for P36M spent on 'unseaworthy' survey ship

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The RPS Explorer owned by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has undergone P36 72 million worth of repairs and maintenance work from 2012 to 2017 but it has not been deployed since 2011

Russian diamond giant to review production after accident

Aug 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Eight mine workers of Alrosa remain missing following the flooding of its Mir mine

Russia's diamond giant says 9 missing after mine flooded

Aug 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

3rd UPDATE Russian President Vladimir Putin who visited Siberia this morning is briefed about the accident his spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells the TASS state news agency

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

2 Benguet pocket miners die by gas poisoning

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Two miners die after inhaling poisonous gas while inside a pocket mine in Itogon Benguet

DENR still reviewing suspensions, closures of mines

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:57 PM

I m afraid that we cannot release it today In due time we will announce it Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says of their ongoing review

MINING. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department will release the results of their review on mining closures and suspensions 'in due time.' Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

Comprehensive or lacking? Lawmakers weigh in on Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Legislators wonder why President Rodrigo Duterte who won the 2016 elections on the promise of change left out key pledges in his second State of the Nation Address

WAS IT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte warns miners: Spend on rehab 'or I'll tax you to death'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:58 PM

In his second State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte warns all mining operations and contractors to refrain from the unbridled and irresponsible destruction of our watersheds forests and aquatic resources

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

Lucio Tan, Henry Sy's hometown in China eye more investments in PH

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The origin of millions of Filipino Chinese Fujian province is also a potential for tourism for the Philippines

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:05 PM

At least 200 land and environmental defenders died in 2016 the deadliest year on record according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness

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

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Jun 30, 2017 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary

FAST FACTS: SM Investments Corporation

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Here s what every consumer should know about SM Investments Corporation the conglomerate of the Philippines richest man

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.

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the creation of a task force that will tackle the poisoning

MERCURY POISONING. Some residents in two villages in Palawan test positive for mercury poisoning. The villages are near a former open mercury mining pit.

NPA wrecks mining laboratory, tailings dam in Benguet – police

Jun 09, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The Cordillera Philippine National Police says the Chadli Molintas Command based in Benguet also engaged the 54th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division in a brief firefight wounding one soldier and a civilian

DESTROYED. The New People's Army is said to have destroyed a mining laboratory and a tailings dam in Benguet. Photos by Frank Cimatu

Palawan exec filed forestry violation case before getting killed

May 23, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Fernando Alejo 52 was the officer in charge in a Community Environment and Natural Resources Office sub station in Narra town

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

Dog saves 2 boys from fire in Benguet

May 19, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Miztah the family pet wakes up brothers Wilbur and Kurt as a fire strikes their home

HERO DOG. Lander, Wilbur, and Kurt with their pet and hero dog, Miztah. Photo by Mauricio Victa/Rappler

Shabu lab found in Chinese-owned mining site in Cagayan

May 19, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says chemicals and equipment used in manufacturing shabu were found in the Aparri mining site of Huaxia Mining and Trading Corporation

SHABU LAB. Authorities discover a shabu lab in a mining site in Aparri town, Cagayan, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of PDEA

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

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May 11, 2017 - 1:06 PM

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Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don't allow irresponsible mining or 'I'll shoot you'

May 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws rules and regulations on mining

'NO COMMENT.' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot by Rappler

Iran mine accident search ends with 43 dead

May 09, 2017 - 5:12 PM

The mine will shut for 6 months while an investigation is carried out

ACCIDENT SITE. In this file photo, coal miners and rescue workers gather at the scene following an explosion in a coal mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017. File photo by Mostafa Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News/AFP

What happens to Gina Lopez's orders at DENR?

May 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Well there s a presumption of regularity says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

WHAT NOW? Former environment secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

WATCH: Greenpeace activists barricade DENR gate to defend Gina Lopez

May 08, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Greenpeace activists storm the gates of DENR to protest the alleged influence of big business on government calling for the reappointment of Gina Lopez as environment secretary

NOT OPEN. ActivistS from Greenpeace Philippines protest at the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Quezon City. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT/RAPPLER

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

Let Gina remain an advocate, what we need is a good regulator

May 05, 2017 - 2:59 PM

I admire Gina Lopez s passion as an environmentalist but this is also why she is not right for the position of DENR Secretary

SUPPORT FOR GINA LOPEZ. Environment advocates denounce the rejection of Gina Lopez by the Commission on Appointments on May 3, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes: 'Duterte fed Gina Lopez to the lions'

May 05, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Would these congressmen openly defy Duterte and reject Lopez if they are sure that he really wants her to be confirmed? asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

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

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

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

Hopes fade for Iran miners after 22 die in failed rescue bid

May 04, 2017 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED The rescue operation at the Zemestan Yort mine is hampered by poisonous gases that filled the tunnels as well as by fears of a further collapse

ACCIDENT SITE. Coal miners and rescue workers gather at the scene following an explosion in a coal mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017. Mostafa Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News/AFP