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'Don't generalize,' Filipino-Chinese bizmen appeal amid drug accusations

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:42 PM

'Let us be more careful in making public statements that may unnecessarily create rancor, conflicts, misunderstanding, and promote unfair stereotypes,' says the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Photo of Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of the Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

Cebu Chamber of Commerce bares plans to boost Philippine business ecosystem

Apr 11, 2019 - 11:45 AM

IXSForAll, Inc. will be partnering with CCCI by providing high-speed fiber internet connectivity

European investors wary over Jolo bombing, martial law

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines points out that safety is a top concern of companies eyeing investments in the country

Consumer, gov't spending to lift PH economy in 2019 – PCCI

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Philippines' largest business group is optimistic that the country's 'resilient' economy will continue to grow in 2019

'RESILIENT' ECONOMY. The Philippines will continue to enjoy a high growth rate in 2019, according to the PCCI. File photo

3 ways companies can promote SOGIE equality in the workplace

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:56 PM

‘Other issues might take precedence over this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for it…. All rights are important,’ Cogencia chief executive officer Paulo Edrosolano says

Singapore activist, politician convicted for criticizing judiciary

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:13 PM

While Singapore is admired for its economic prosperity, it is regularly criticized by rights groups for tough rules on political dissent and freedom of expression

Singaporean human rights activist Jolovan Wham (R) is greeted by friends outside the State Court in Singapore on November 29, 2017. A Singaporean activist was charged on November 29 for organising public protests without a permit, sparking calls for the tightly-controlled city-state to stop treating peaceful demonstrations as crimes. Jolovan Wham, 37, appeared in court accused of organising a candlelight vigil outside a prison for a death row convict, a protest on a subway train, and a demonstration at which a Hong Kong democracy activist spoke via video link. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Foreign chambers on Trabaho bill: 'Leave PEZA alone'

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We are advocating for the continued operation of PEZA as it is now. And also making sure that rationalizing our incentives [that] it is still competitive with the rest of the region,' a business group executive says

INVESTMENTS. Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines cautions the government from the current version of the Trabaho bill. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Morena, which President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador founded just 4 years ago, and its coalition allies will have 307 of the 500 seats in the lower house and 69 of the 128 seats in the Senate

OBRADOR. In this file photo, then Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, standing for MORENA party, cheers at his supporters during his first campaign rally, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on April 1, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

TOYM 2018 nominations extended until August 31

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:55 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Online nominations for The Outstanding Young Men Awards will be accepted until August 31, 2018

Businessmen see upside in federalism, but wary of pesky politics

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Lemuel Magracia, former president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Rizal says strengthening local governments will encourage good business competition among provinces

Tagum City Chamber Chorale to sing national anthem for Duterte's 3rd SONA

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The choir is recommended by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also hails from Tagum City

VICTORY. The Tagum City Chamber Chorales poses after winning gold at the Sing N’ Pray International Chorale Competition in Kobe, Japan in January 2018. Photo from

Revisiting 'After Eden' with Arnold Arre

Mar 30, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The book has endured in the hearts of comic book fans for 16 years

'AFTER EDEN' REDUX. Writer/artist Arnold Arre and Chamber Shell publisher Jamie Bautista breathe new life in the beloved classic. All images from

RAW Deal: The roads to WrestleMania 34

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Ronda Rousey signs with Team Red, and John Cena sees an opportunity for himself at WWE Fastlane

IT'S OFFICIAL. 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey makes her first RAW appearance, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Photo from WWE

British actress Emma Chambers dies

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The actress is known for her roles in 'Vicar of Dibley' and 'Notting Hill'

RAW Deal: Predicting Elimination Chamber 2018

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Get ready to witness the first ever women's Elimination Chamber match

GAUNTLET MATCH. John Cena and Seth kick off a gauntlet match on RAW featuring the participants of the 7-man Elimination Chamber match. Photo from

RAW Deal: On the road to WrestleMania 34

Feb 11, 2018 - 3:16 PM

All roads lead to the Elimination Chamber

CHAMBER. Roman Reigns will be in the Elimination Chamber, which is going to determine the new #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship. Screenshot WWE YT

FORUM: Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work

40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Companies from 13 European countries eye investments in solar generation, hydropower, wind power, and electric vehicles

CLEAN ENERGY. These are 5,760 solar panels atop SM North Multilevel Carpark Building. Rappler file photo

EU-PH Business Summit set on October 17

Oct 07, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The summit is a trade forum to celebrate EU-Philippine trade and investment ties

Diokno thinks 2018 budget deadlock unlikely to happen

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is not worried over conflicts on the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights a foreign business leader says the issue is not sending the right signals to investors

NOT WORRIED. 'At this time I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'll just look at what will come out of the third chamber. Let's not speculate on what's gonna happen,' DBM chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo

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

San Miguel's latest venture: BMW vehicles

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

San Miguel Corporation sets up a new unit called SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation marking its entry into the motoring business

MOTORING BUSINESS. The diversified conglomerate led by Ramon Ang says SMC Asia Car will be 65% owned by San Miguel, while the remaining will be owned by Jose Alvarez. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte asked to lift martial law in Davao City

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:14 PM

We cannot deny the slowdown especially in the tourism industry when martial law was declared in Mindanao says the president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce

INFOGRAPHIC: How tax reform hits your favorite drinks

Jun 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers says the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the proposed tax reform package is the highest in the world

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

Paraguayan activist killed in a night of political riots

Apr 02, 2017 - 12:39 AM

Right wing President Horacio Cartes is seeking to amend the constitution to enable himself to run for office again in 2018 after his current term ends

RIOT AFTERMATH. Police members stand guard outside the Congress building, set on fire on the eve by demonstrators protesting against the approval of a constitutional amendment for presidential reelection, in Asuncion on April 1, 2017. Norberto Duarte/AFP

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

Who should be next BSP chief? Tetangco prefers 'insider'

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Expertise familiarity and patience are the top 3 qualities Amando Tetangco Jr look for in his successor

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Mar 14, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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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

'I would rather follow Gina Lopez,' declares Duterte

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:27 PM

President Duterte says the country can live without mining as he reiterates his support for Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

NO MINING IN 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

China says industrial policy not aimed at foreign firms

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:36 PM

The original intention of this policy is to prevent some companies from using loopholes in government policies to profit from government subsidies says industry and information technology minister Miao Wei

XI JINPING. This file photo taken on September 3, 2016 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photo by Aly Song/ AFP

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

SC stops DOE, ERC from limiting major power consumers' supply choices

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court says there appears to be no basis for the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to require major power consumers to source their electricity only from certain suppliers

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

Miners band together to block Gina Lopez’s confirmation

Feb 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines formally files its opposition to the confirmation of Gina Lopez as environment chief before the Commission on Appointments

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

Court orders Piatco to pay PH gov't P300M for arbitration costs

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:52 PM

This is the latest development in the legal battle between an airport consortium and the Philippine government over the ownership of NAIA 3

DECADE-OLD BATTLE. The NAIA 3 contract was awarded to Piatco in 1997 during the Ramos administration; but it was declared irregular by the Arroyo government in 2002, due to allegations that the consortium violated the Anti-Dummy Law. Photo by Carabaopower on Wikimedia Commons

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Baguio students create biofuel from wild ‘gabi’ plant

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Dubbed as Bio Gab the group’s biofuel invention converts wild taro which is hazardous to humans and animals into a bioethanol that can fuel cars

YOUNG SCIENTISTS. Student inventors from St Louis University show their Business and Idea Development Award for inventing "Bio-Gab." Photo courtesy of John Cyril Paco

Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The decision delivers a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Makati Business Club denounces Marcos burial

Nov 21, 2016 - 5:50 PM

This event will make it difficult to impart the right lessons to future generations regarding a dark period in our history says one of the country s largest business groups

COMPLIED. The Armed Forces of the Philippines succeeds in giving the Marcos family a peaceful ceremony away from protesters. Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

FAST FACTS: Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Perhaps a sign of the organization’s loyalty to both China and the Philippines FFCCCII has constantly pushed for both countries to settle the maritime dispute peacefully

PH, China businessmen to sign MOUs during Duterte's Beijing visit

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Around 400 Filipino businessmen are set to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to China