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Semirara sees slower income growth in 2018 over plant shutdowns

May 14, 2018 - 1:10 PM

With the shutdown of some plants, Semirara started buying replacement power from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in the last week of March, which had minimal impact on its 1st quarter earnings

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

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Electricity theft leads to seizure of 600 bitcoin mining rigs in China

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The rigs are part of an underground effort to mine bitcoin, and is thwarted by the miners' consumption of stolen electricity

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

Duterte eyes open-pit mining ban until 2019

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The current open-pit mining ban could be extended, or a new one declared in 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on mining companies to reforest areas cleared for mining.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero as he is accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field can power 60-megawatt gas plant – DOE

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the Alegria Oil Field would have two wells ready to produce a total of 360 barrels per day

Cybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Cybercriminals are adapting their moneymaking practices to new technologies, and Intel is adding hardware protections to its processors to add walls against the Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field to begin commercial production

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Energy says the natural gas and oil production of the field may last until 2037, based on the development plan crafted after the initial testing

GAS AND OIL. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (second to the left) declares the Alegria Oil Field in Southern Cebu to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. Photo from DOE

Cybersecurity roundup: March 4 to 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

From massive DDoS attacks to daring heists, here's the cybersecurity news roundup for the week!

Cryptocurrency mining: What you need to know

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Ever thought about setting up your own cryptocurrency mining empire? Here are the must-know facts before you attempt to

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

Ombudsman charges ex-Philippine Ports Authority officials with graft

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The former officials are accused of anomalously granting permits to a port used by DMCI Mining Corporation

CHARGED. Juan Sta Ana is indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from PPA website

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

DENR, MICC mining reviews to be ‘harmonized,’ says Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expects to complete the review of closed and suspended mining operations by March

All 955 miners trapped in South Africa resurface unharmed

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Everybody's out,' mine spokesman James Wellsted tells Agence France-Presse

Sandiganbayan puts ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes back in jail

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Reyes' lawyer says they will take the case to the Supreme Court

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan upholds the conviction of Joel Reyes for one count of graft. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Duterte to probe mining, banana firms: Paying NPA taxes is money laundering

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close down companies that have continued paying revolutionary taxes to communist guerillas even after his warning

PEACE? Banana exports have previously asked the government to continue peace negotiations with the communists to protect businesses from extortionist activities. File photo of a plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, by Romeo Gacad/AFP

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Prosecutors tell Sandiganbayan: Jail Joel Reyes now

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Prosecutors point out that the former Palawan governor remains a flight risk: he evaded arrest for 3 years before he was caught in Thailand

BAIL CANCELATION. Ombudsman prosecutors move for the cancelation of bail of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, convicted for one count of graft by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

SEC approves Marcventures' merger with 2 mining firms

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The merger will allow Marcventures to gain control of mineral resource from Bauxite Ore, the main raw material of aluminium

IN PHOTOS: Revisiting Cagayan de Oro's dwindling forest cover

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Here's a look back at the environmental degradation observed in the wake of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011

DEFORESTATION. Logs washed away after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011. All file photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

[OPINION] Can victory over irresponsible mining in Central America spur a win in the PH?

Dec 23, 2017 - 5:14 PM

OceanaGold has been stunningly defeated in El Salvador, at least for the time being. The months to come will determine whether it can be defeated in the Philippines by 2019.

CA clears Roberto Ongpin of insider trading

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The decision reverses a July 2016 Securities and Exchange Commission ruling which barred Ongpin from joining the board of any listed firm and fined him P174 million

LOOK: Protesters camped outside DENR light up a Christmas tree

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The tree symbolizes the hope of residents of Sta Cruz, Zambales, and Manicani, Eastern Samar, that open-pit mining activities in those areas will soon end

As the season of Christmas is fast-approaching, communities from Manicani and Zambales and Kampo light a Christmas Tree that will symbolize the hope of the residents of the said communities to be free from suffering caused by mining activities at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Dec 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mining stocks fall as Senate approves nearly 3,000% coal tax hike

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Isidro Consunji, chairman of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, says it would be 'discriminatory' if coal is singled out

Tempers flare as senators double mining taxes without hearings

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Senate ways and means committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara was irked with the sudden proposals of his colleagues despite their absence in committee hearings

Meet this 11-year-old advocate against Manicani mining

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Even if he did not grow up in the island of Manicani in Eastern Samar, young Fidelino personally visits the area with his family almost every year

Duterte on open-pit mining, Cayetano on arbitral award, UN Human Rights Chief | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

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Duterte rejects MICC proposal to lift open-pit mining ban

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Ayaw ko because it is destroying the soil and walang corrective measures kaagad,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on open-pit mining

Duterte to mining firms: Face closure if you pay NPA tax

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The New People's Army, says President Rodrigo Duterte, will not 'thrive' if it were not for the 'financial support' of mining companies

Cebu mountain village under state of calamity due to land movement

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas has recommended that Sitio Camfranco in Barangay Lower Becerril be declared as a 'permanent danger zone and no habitation zone'

DANGEROUS. Heavy rains caused cracks in the soil in parts of Boljoon town, including Sitio Camfranco. Photo from MGB Central Visayas

Venezuelans use bitcoin 'mining' to escape inflation

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Around 100,000 Venezuelans are mining for bitcoin, with some earning around $800 a month


DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

Duterte, Uson, Cimatu | Evening wRap

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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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

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Residents urge Zambales gov't to stop provincial mining operations

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The appeal is submitted by Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz, Zambales (CCOS) and other Peoples’ Organizations in the area who are protesting the mining companies for allegedly causing harm to the environment and their livelihood

STOPPING MINING OPERATIONS. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site. File photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

Landslide, flashflood warnings up in Central Visayas

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The low pressure area that looms over north Coron in Palawan threatens Central Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, and Negros Oriental – with moderate to occasional heavy rains

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Brazilian government backs off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve after blistering domestic and international criticism

THE AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011.  Lunae Parracho/AFP

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

Background image from Shutterstock


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