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.

San Miguel buys Masinloc coal power plant for nearly $2 billion

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

San Miguel Corporation tops other major power players in the Philippines for the facility, which has an installed capacity of 630 megawatts and is set to add another 300 by mid-2019

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

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

Meralco to bid alone for AES' coal plant in Zambales

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Meralco won't have a partner when it bids for a controlling stake in the facility. It'll likely compete with San Miguel and Aboitiz Power.

LONE WOLF. US electricity giant AES Corporation is selling its entire 51% interest in the Masinloc power facility, which it bought from the Philippine government for $930 million in 2008. Meralco will bid alone. File photo

Coping vs adapting: How Aetas face climate change threats

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Farming income of the Aetas is highly seasonal and vulnerable to typhoons prolonged drought and excessive rain

AFFECTED. According to Nanay Cristy, the Aetas in Zambales are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in farming communities. All photos courtesy of Bea Orante

#SharePH: Life in different parts of the Philippines

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

People of Zambales prefer to sleep by the shore because their cottages are for rent They would sacrifice comfortable sleep to earn money and accommodate more tourists

Tourism is best industry for Zambales, says governor

Jul 03, 2017 - 4:17 PM

While citing the multi billion peso projects in Zambales governor Amor Deloso says he won t encourage heavy industries in the province

TOURISM FOR ZAMBALES. Zambales Governor Amor Deloso says he wants to boost tourism in the province. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

WATCH: On Independence Day, artists' group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Dakila a movement for modern day heroism accomplishes what President Rodrigo Duterte has only promised since the campaign period

Surfers paddled out to bring the Philippine Flag to the West Philippine Sea.Photo by Charlon Kim

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.

River declogging operation in Zambales legal, says governor

May 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Governor Amor Deloso says vessels dredging Naculcol River had permits from the provincial government yet their crews were arrested by an NBI headed team from Manila

DECLOGGING OPERATIONS. This photo shows the ships being used to declog the Naculcol River. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocks parts of Luzon

May 25, 2017 - 10:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Phivolcs says Zambales is the epicenter of the tremor which struck late Thursday evening May 25

Crew of dredging ship declogging Zambales river arrested

May 22, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The crew members were engaged in desilting and dredging operations at the mouth of the Naculcol River The endeavor aims to declog the river

DECLOGGING OPERATIONS. This photo shows the ships being used to declog the Naculcol River. Photos by Randy Datu/Rappler

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

IN PHOTOS: Zambales Mango Festival 2017 street dance parade

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:06 PM

See the bright costumes at the 2017 festival

11 dead in Zambales road accident

Mar 30, 2017 - 5:54 PM

UPDATED Two of those who died after a Goldilocks truck and a barangay multi cab collided in Botolan town were children

Newsbreak Voices: Life was hard, love was easy

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Life was hard says Magdalena but love was easy Julian was her first love and he will be her last

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales

PCG searches for 5 missing fishermen near Scarborough

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:55 PM

The fishermen all residents of Riverside Lipay Sta Cruz Zambales were left behind on November 21

PH Coast Guard regular patrol in Scarborough resumed August

Nov 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard completes its 4th sortie to Scarborough Shoal since President Rodrigo Duterte s visit to China

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

[Where I've Been] Starry, starry night in Botolan, Zambales

Oct 24, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Photographer Martin San Diego tells us the story behind these sweet photos

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

The 'last' war games in the West PH Sea

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

As President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to demilitarize the West Philippine Sea the US highlights the value of these training exercises to joint operations on humanitarian assistance and disaster response

PHIBLEX 2017. Philippine and US marines hold war games in Zambales, a province facing the West Philippine Sea, on October 7, 2016. AFP photo

Zambales jail warden, guards sacked

Sep 10, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Zambales Governor Amor Deloso questions jail guards on why illegal drugs are being smuggled into the jail

JAIL VISIT. Zambales Governor Amor Deloso visits the provincial jail. Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

DMCI Mining to lay off 400 workers as DENR stops expansion

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The job cuts come after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of DMCI Mining s companies in Palawan and Zambales

MINERS IN ACTION. A miner goes down to an underwater pit using a hose from a compressor as the only source of air. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Zambales gov to fishermen: Avoid Scarborough Shoal despite ruling

Jul 16, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The lives of our fishermen are of paramount importance that is why I have repeatedly advised them not to fish until it s free to fish says Zambales Governor Amor Deloso

PH VICTORY? Zambales Governor Amor Deloso wants to protect fishermen from his province from any possible acts of aggression on the part of China. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

‘Floating shabu lab’ seized in Subic Bay, 4 Chinese nationals nabbed

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Police say the Chinese crew manufactured shabu at sea then dumped drug parcels in pick up points for contacts in Cagayan Pangasinan and Zambales

FLOATING SHABU LAB. Philippine authorities seize a fishing vessel suspected of being a shabu laboratory operated by Chinese nationals on July 11, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

DSWD chief reports aid given to families affected by monsoon

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo continues to ask citizens who have not received assistance to coordinate with concerned DSWD offices in their regions

Rappler file photo of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

Stronger monsoon rains trigger floods, landslides in Zambales

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Over 5 000 families are affected as heavy rains hit the northern province

FLOODS. Typhoon Butchoy causes heavy rainfall over Zambales on July 9. Photo by Randy V. Datu

Zambales governor issues executive order to suspend mining

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:12 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan recently against 5 mining firms operating in Zambales

SUSPENDED. Executive Order No. 1 suspends mining operations in the province of Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Political families in Zambales claim wins, losses

May 13, 2016 - 3:19 PM

How did the prominent families in Zambales fare in these elections?

Vote-buying, VCM glitches mar polls in Bicol, Zambales

May 09, 2016 - 5:24 PM

This is the first time that vote buying took place for presidential candidates here says reelectionist Albay Third District Representative Fernando Gonzalez

Local roads, progress, and 2016 elections: Will voters choose wisely?

May 05, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Will voters elect leaders capable of long term planning? Or will they fall for empty promises again?

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Apr 29, 2016 - 11:54 AM

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Zambales LP candidates junk Roxas, support Poe

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:32 PM

However the Liberal Party members in the province are still supporting vice presidential bet Leni Robredo and LP s senatorial bets

NEW BET. Zambales gubernatorial candidate Amor Deloso signs the manifesto of support for presidential bet Grace Poe in the presence of the candidate's son, Brian Poe Llamanzares. Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Gov't allots P16.7B for city roads in 2017 – DBM

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:27 PM

According to the budget department around P13 5 billion 287 93 million is allotted for KALSADA city projects while P3 2 billion 68 25 million will be used for the implementation of Bottom Up Budgeting initiatives

Visiting the Aeta: A day in Zambales with the Ford Ranger

Apr 13, 2016 - 3:46 PM

The Ford Ranger is built tough In the hands of a social entrepreneur it’s also built to help communities

Aquino, Roxas endorse Arroyo ally in Zambales

Apr 06, 2016 - 9:47 PM

The President and his presidential bet endorse reelectionist Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr before a crowd of social welfare beneficiaries from Zambales 13 towns

PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III, Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo raise the hands of Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr on April 5, 2016, as they urged Zambaleños to vote for the administration slate and the local Sulong Zambales Party. Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Binay evades questions on Poe's SC decision

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay focuses on campaign as rival Grace Poe is allowed to run for president by the Supreme Court

Ex-senator Loi Estrada hosts lunch for Binay in Zambales

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:00 PM

It is unclear however if the wife of former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is supporting Binay She tells reporters that her family is divided on the upcoming polls

HOSTING THE VP. Vice President Jejomar binay poses beside former Senator Loi Ejercito-Estrada after having lunch in her Zambales home. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Friends and foes to propel Binay's victory in Central Luzon?

Mar 07, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Will Jejomar Binay win the Kapampangan vote?

Anti-mining protest dispersed in Zambales; 7 arrested

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Residents of Candelaria town barricade the road to stop the hauling trucks of a mining site – following the same protests in another town Santa Cruz

BARRICADE. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site, whose operations they blame for diseases and environmental problems. Photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

Blackout in 5 Zambales towns on Feb 25

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The power outage from 6 am to 6 pm will affect areas serviced by the Zambales Electric Cooperative I

Mining firm files charges vs 10 Zambales residents

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:13 PM

Residents of Santa Cruz Zambales have blocked the hauling trucks of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation since its mining operations reportedly caused floods in the villages

BARRICADE. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales have been blocking the hauling trucks of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation in protest of the environmental damage its operations have reportedly caused in the villages. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Soul-searching trip to Nagsasa Cove, beauty from disaster

Jan 24, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Nagsasa shows that there can be something beautiful after a disaster – new beginnings new hopes and new reasons to fall in love again

 All photos provided by Chrisley Ann Hinayas

Zambales town residents block mining firms’ trucks

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Concerned citizens of Sta Cruz town say mining operations caused the mud floods and logs that flowed down from the mountains after Typhoon Lando in October

BLOCKING THE ROAD. Sta. Cruz residents barricade the highway to stop mining firms’ trucks from hauling nickel. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

AES breaks ground on battery-based energy storage in Zambales

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:47 PM

The energy storage project according to AES will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation

LARGEST IN ASIA. Once completed by mid-2016, it will be one of the first advanced energy storage installations in South East Asia and among the largest in Asia. Photo by AES Philippines

Typhoon Lando: Barges carrying nickel laterite threaten Zambales coral reefs

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Mining continues in Zambales despite a ban imposed by the provincial government

CONTRABAND? Despite strong waves and winds during Typhoon Lando, this barge carrying nickel laterite sailed in Zambales, where mining is banned. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler