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3 more Chinese men nabbed for sex trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:46 AM

Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.

2 Chinese nabbed for human trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Central Luzon cops also rescued 14 women – 6 Vietnamese and 8 Chinese

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. A Google Maps image of the CSZ Regency Park in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Subic stakeholders urge DENR to review SBMA environmental regulations

Nov 30, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We also ask for a review of all projects within the past 10 to 15 years that have already destroyed hectares of wetlands, mangroves and forests, in the name of development,' says Save Subic Bay Coalition spokesperson El Latinazo, after a protected area in the freeport was cleared for a shooting range

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

Does SEA Games construction in Subic have environmental permit?

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The venue in the West Ilanin forest – an environmentally-protected area – is supposed to be used for the shooting competition of the SEA Games, even if there is an existing firing range just a kilometer away

SANCTIONED. Contractors undertake major works as of November 27, 2019, to prepare a venue for the shooting event of the SEA Games in a protected area within the Subic Freeport Zone without environmental clearances or permits. The Games will officially open on November 30. All photos by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Subic ready for SEA Games, says SBMA administrator

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A total of eight venues were prepared for the 17 games to be held at the Subic Bay Freeport

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Ocean Adventure operator challenges foreclosure

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'We have been forced to take SBMA to court since they are clearly unwilling to deal with us in good faith,' says SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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4 dead in Pampanga car crash

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Police say the car caught fire after crashing into an open canal in Clark Freeport

Gordon on slow APECO dev't: 'I want it done'

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands would be affected by APECO are ignored in the budget hearing for 2020

Mr. Israel Maducdoc, president & CEO Asia Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of SBMA and APECO. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Notorious hotel thief nabbed in Subic Bay Freeport

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Authorities say Daniel Mercado's scheme is to pose as a participant in conventions so he could steal laptops and other items from delegates

ARRESTED. Law enforcers arrest Daniel Mercado alias Danny Simbol inside the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales. Photo courtesy of SBMA Law Enforcement Department

Subic Bay Freeport security arrest Chinese for carnapping

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The suspect forcibly takes a Starex van and drives it inside the Subic Bay Freeport

LUCKY GUY. Carnapping suspect Bin Zhang in the custody of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department. Photo by: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPT. SBMA

P100M worth of smuggled gadgets seized in Pampanga

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The smuggled gadgets include 6,900 units of Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi phones and tablets

SMUGGLED GOODS. Task Force Aguila and Bureau of Customs personnel unload boxes containing mobile phones, tablets, and other items at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo by Jun Malig

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Gatchalian: Expanded Bataan freeport zone won’t leave 'bona fide residents' homeless

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian assures retired workers and their families that the Bataan freeport bill has safeguards against unlawful eviction

Meat possibly contaminated with African swine fever seized in Subic Bay

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

SBMA prevents entry of shipment labelled as 'food items' from Guangzhou, China

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Sibling rivalry: Brother tagged as ‘mastermind’ in Sytin slay

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'This high-profile murder of Dominic Lim Sytin was apparently motivated by rivalry among corporate siblings, and carried out through a gun-for-hire,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

MASTERMIND? The PNP says Dennis Sytin had a business quarrel with his older brother before the killing. PNP screenshot

Suspect in businessman Sytin slay arrested

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Suspected gunman Edgardo Luib is arrested in Santo Tomas, Batangas on Tuesday, March 5

SUSPECT ARRESTED. File photo of Dominic Sytin, president and founder of United Auctioneers, who was killed outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on November 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

Subic port collects P22B, breaching target before 2018 ends

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:20 PM

District collector and lawyer Rhea Gregorio credits this to the 'strict implementation of customs laws and rules and regulations'

Businessman shot dead in Subic Bay Freeport

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Senators urge the Philippine National Police to 'use the full force of the law' to solve the murder of prominent businessman Dominic Sytin, regarded as one of the pillars of the Subic Freeport Zone

PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN. Dominic Sytin, president and pounder of United Auctioneers, is gunned down outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on november 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

Korean dies on beach inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:58 PM

SBMA Law Enforcement Department says morning joggers found Park Jin Sung sprawled on the beach

Photo from Zambales Herald

Arroyo meets with Chinese businessmen who want to invest in Clark

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Among the Chinese traders that Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met with is Chuanjian Feng, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

MEETING WITH THE CHINESE. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo poses for a picture with Chinese businessmen and officials of Clark Development Corporation. All photos from Arroyo's office

Duterte leads destruction of P278 million in contraband cars in Cagayan

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:56 PM

This time, 68 luxury vehicles – including a Lamborghini and a Porsche – and 8 luxury motorbikes are destroyed in front of a crowd of hundreds. The vehicles are worth P277.9 million, while the motorbikes cost P19.5 million.

TO BE WRECKED. Photo courtesy of Mark Djeron Tumabao

SBMA eyes collection of P144.8-M past-due accounts

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says more than 30 investor-companies have cooperated to settle long-due obligations, negotiating payment arrangements approved by the board

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. Photo courtesy of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma

Government to wreck luxury cars to send 'strong message' vs smuggling

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'The President is very clear in his instructions and directives that we should follow the rule so if they violate, let's apply the most extreme remedy or penalty. And the decision of the government is to destroy these cars,' Lambino tells Rappler

Marcos ‘son’ arrested in Clark Freeport for guns, grenades

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Edilberto del Carmen, who claims that his real name is Angel Ferdinand Marcos Marcos, says he's also in possession of original treaties entered into by the United States

QUESTIONED. CIDG-Pampanga officers ask Edilberto del Carmen (right) about the firearms, bullets, and hand grenades found in his rented villa in Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Contributed photo

Holding BUMN tambang efektif, jalan kuasai Freeport terbuka?

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:06 AM

Sejarah panjang holdingisasi BUMN dimulai di era Orde Baru

Rapat Umum Pemegang Saham Luar Biasa akhirnya memutuskan Inalum sebagai pemegang saham pada tiga BUMN Tambang, Rabu (29/11). Foto Istimewa

Mobil Freeport ditembaki, satu karyawan terluka

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:29 PM

“Ada karyawan Freeport atas nama Toto Sadewo yang kena tembakan dan kini sedang dirawat di Rumah Sakit.”

Mobil freeport yang ditembaki kelompok bersenjata, Selasa (14/11). Foto oleh Banjir Ambarita/Rappler

Jubir OPM: Tidak ada penyanderaan warga sipil di Tembagapura

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Pemberitaan mengenai penyanderaan warga dianggap tidak lebih dari propaganda polisi dan TNI

TIDAK ADA PENYANDERAAN. Anggota OPM membantah tidak ada penyanderaan terhadap warga di dua desa di Distrik Tembagapura. Foto oleh Banjir Ambarita/Rappler

Teror di Tembagapura, polisi buru 21 terduga pelaku

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:29 PM

“Mereka diduga kuat terlibat berbagai aksi teror penembakan terhadap kendaraan dan fasilitas milik PT Freeport Indonesia."

Pemerintah masih bernegosiasi agar warga Tembagapura dibebaskan KKB

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Mantan anggota Komnas HAM Natalius Pigai membantah kelompok OPM telah menyandera warga di dua desa itu

PERSUASIF. Otoritas keamanan Indonesia masih mencoba untuk bernegosiasi dengan kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) yang disebut menyandera ribuan warga di dua desa di Tembagapura. Ilustrasi: Rappler

Armed separatists occupy villages in Indonesia's Papua – police

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Around 1,300 residents are being held hostage by a two-dozen strong group that authorities say is part of the Free Papua Movement (OPM)

Package with ‘bomb threat’ note disrupts operations in Iloilo town port

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard seizes a package in Estancia Freeport in Iloilo after being alerted of its 'bomb threat' note

'BOMB THREAT'. Authorities seize this package after being alerted of a 'bomb threat' note written on it, on October 30, 2017. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

TPN OPM klaim bertanggung jawab terhadap serangan teror di area Freeport

Oct 29, 2017 - 5:07 PM

TPN-OPM mengancam akan tetap beraksi dan meneror PT Freeport kecuali Indonesia mau kembali duduk di meja perundingan

MENGAKU. Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Organisasi Papua Merdeka mengakui mereka lah yang selama ini melakukan aksi teror kepada PT Freeport Mc Moran. Foto screenshot video di Facebook

Freeport dapat perpanjangan izin ekspor 3 bulan

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Menteri ESDM menaksir nilai bisnis PT FI senilai US$ 8 miliar dolar

Menteri ESDM Ignasius Jonan (kiri) bersama Wakil Menteri Arcandra Tahar (kanan) mengikuti rapat kerja dengan Komisi VII DPR di Kompleks Parlemen Senayan, Jakarta, Senin (9/10). FOTO oleh Hafidz Mubarak A/ANTARA

Semangat euforia kuasai saham Freeport sebaiknya ditahan dulu

Oct 03, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Bos Freeport McMoran kirim surat protes proposal divestasi saham 51% versi Pemerintah

Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Menteri Energi dan Sumberdaya Mineral Ignasius Jonan dan CEO Freeport McMoran Richard Adkerson sepakati divestasi 51% saham PT Freeport Indonesia, Jakarta (29/8). FOTO dari Kementerian ESDM

22 more towns may be added to Cagayan economic zone

Sep 04, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We are anticipating a lot of economic activity says CEO of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority as the reason for the expansion

Freeport McMoran ingin tetap pegang kendali operasional PT FI

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Divestasi saham Freeport sampai 51 disepakati di harga pasar

Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Menteri Energi dan Sumberdaya Mineral Ignasius Jonan dan CEO Freeport McMoran Richard Adkerson sepakati divestasi 51% saham PT Freeport Indonesia, Jakarta (29/8). Foto oleh Kementerian ESDM

Cerita Menteri Jonan tentang perundingan final saham Freeport

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Jika PT FI penuhi 4 poin akan dapat perpanjangan operasi maksimal 2 x 10 tahun hingga 2041

Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Menteri Energi dan Sumberdaya Mineral Ignasius Jonan dan CEO Freeport McMoran Richard Adkerson sepakati divestasi 51% saham PT Freeport Indonesia, Jakarta (29/8). FOTO dari Kementerian ESDM

Lewat Twitter pemerintah umumkan divestasi 51% saham Freeport

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:35 PM

CEO Freeport McMoran sepakati kerjasama bangun smelter dan divestasi saham PT FI

Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Menteri Energi dan Sumberdaya Mineral Ignasius Jonan dan CEO Freeport McMoran Richard Adkerson sepakati divestasi 51% saham PT Freeport Indonesia, Jakarta (29/8). FOTO dari Kementerian ESDM

Freeport: Fokus kami melindungi para karyawan dan keluarganya

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Unjuk rasa ratusan mantan karyawan PT Freeport kemarin berakhir rusuh

Personil kepolisian berjaga di lokasi unjuk rasa karyawan korban PHK PT Freeport Indonesia di Cek Point Mile 28, Timika, Papua, Sabtu (19/8). FOTO oleh Spedy Paereng/ANTARA

Unjuk rasa eks karyawan Freeport berujung ricuh, Kapolda: Itu kriminal

Aug 20, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Selain memblokir jalan massa pengunjuk rasa juga melakukan pembakaran

DIBAKAR. Salah satu mobil kontainer milik PT Freeport dibakar oleh para eks pegawai pada Sabtu, 19 Agustus. Foto oleh Rappler

Aksi protes ratusan eks karyawan PT Freeport berakhir ricuh

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Mereka melakukan pembakaran terhadap beberapa fasilitas milik PT Freeport

DIBAKAR. Salah satu mobil kontainer milik PT Freeport dibakar oleh para eks pegawai pada Sabtu, 19 Agustus. Foto oleh Rappler

Gubernur Papua keluhkan Freeport belum bayar pajak air

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Freeport Indonesia anggap putusan pengadilan pajak cacat

Freeport. Foto oleh ANTARA FOTO/Puspa Perwitasari

Clark Dev’t Corp chief denies corruption claims, goes on leave

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Because I am aware and that I adhere to the position of the President against corruption – even just hints of it – I fully submit to an impartial investigation on the allegations says CDC president and CEO Noel Manankil

LOA. CDC president and CEO Noel Manankil has taken a leave of absence beginning June 29, 2017, to allow an unimpeded investigation into corruption allegations against him. Photo from the CDC Communications Division Facebook page

Fire hits tire factory in Pampanga

May 14, 2017 - 4:44 PM

4th UPDATE The fire is declared under control at 6:10 pm on Sunday May 14