illegal mining - updates

Rappler's latest stories on illegal mining


Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Cimatu blasts mine tunnels that intrude into PMA reservation

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:50 PM

These mining tunnels have intruded into the Philippine Military Academy reservation and caused some areas to collapse within the military academy, says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BLASTED. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu leads a team in closing illegal mines in Benguet on February 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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

DENR refutes alleged illegal mining operation in Palawan

Dec 04, 2016 - 6:55 AM

The environment department s Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region IV B refutes allegations by an NGO against the alleged continuing operations of a mining firm

Barbers files ethics complaint vs Pichay for illegal mining, disorderly conduct

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Representative Prospero Pichay Jr says a thorough and impartial probe would show that Representative Robert Ace Barbers was motivated by partisan politics when he made the allegations against him

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files an ethics complaint against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. Photo of Barbers from his Facebook page, photo of Pichay from HReps Media

Barbers wants Pichay probed for corporate identity theft, graft, illegal mining

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Pichay denies Barbers allegations calling them utter lies without basis which are motivated by partisan politics

THE ACCUSER. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers delivers a privilege speech against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr on November 14. Screengrab from HReps website

Fake stones threaten to undermine Sri Lanka's gem trade

Apr 27, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Colored pieces of glass imported by the kilo are killing the market for gems says a jewelry store owner

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2016, a Sri Lankan vendor offers jewellery for sale to customers at a store in Bentota, some 65 kilometres south of Colombo.  From the Queen of Sheba to Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Sri Lanka's sapphires have adorned royalty through the ages, but a flood of cheap imitations is threatening the island's reputation for the precious stones. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY SRILANKA-LUXURY-MINING-SAPPHIRE,FEATURE BY AMAL JAYASINGHE

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

Indonesia gold mine collapse: 3 killed, 9 feared dead

Oct 29, 2015 - 3:33 PM

At least 12 people tunneled into the mine in a mountainous region of West Java on Tuesday in the hope of finding gold and were buried when the shaft collapsed

DANGEROUS. 3 are dead after a gold mine collapse. File photo of abandoned gold mine

Illegal gold mine collapse kills 18 in Indonesia

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:47 PM

Illegal gold mining has boomed in Indonesia due to the surge of precious metal prices and deaths are common

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

3 miners trapped in flooded pit

Nov 22, 2012 - 5:26 PM

At least 3 miners are trapped after an explosion ripped through an illegal coast gold mine