Category Archives: Mining

Police Now Say that Attack on Resorts World Claimed at Least 37 Lives

After initially saying that an Islamic State-claimed attack on the Resorts World hotel and casino complex resulted into only about 30 injuries, authorities have now found out that at least 37 people have died because of the incident. Most of the victims, if not all, succumbed to suffocation after the lone attacker burned several gambling tables inside the hotel. The bodies were found during clearing operations conducted by the police,… Continue reading

Who Benefits from China’s Loans and Grants to the Philippines?

Concerns have been raised on what the country has to give up for Chinese assistance. Aside from the effects of Chinese loans on the Philippine debt burden, there are warnings of a possible imbalance in the deals, as China would be providing everything from the banks and investment money to the materials and industry. Some have also connected President Rodrigo Duterte’s friendlier mining stance to the relationship with China, as the country is a major source of nickel ore. Background… Continue reading

Duterte Orders Cimatu to Follow Mining Law, Allow Extraction Operations

In sharp contrast to his earlier anti mining stance in which he stated that he would follow all of Gina Lopez’ recommendations, President Rodrigo Duterte is now telling incoming environment chief Roy Cimatu that while he should ensure that environmental concerns are addressed, he must also respect the rights of mining companies. He said that one could not just ignore the mining law that allows extraction operations, and that… Continue reading

Duterte Appoints Former Military Chief Cimatu as New Environment Secretary

Roy Cimatu, the president’s special envoy for concerns of refugees and overseas Filipino workers, has been appointed environment secretary, replacing Gina Lopez. Cimatu used to be the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the early years of the presidency of Gloria Arroyo. He was embroiled in a controversy upon his retirement after getting millions of send-off money under a system implemented during the Arroyo… Continue reading

Lopez Wants Duterte to Take Over as Environment Secretary

Outgoing Environment Secretary Gina Lopez wants President Rodrigo Duterte to take over her cabinet position, saying she could act as the president’s consultant. Duterte has announced several times that he supports Lopez’ actions, so if this materializes, it means that her strict policies are likely to be pursued. Mining firms have been jubilant after the Commission on Appointments rejected Lopez’ nomination, but the celebration may be… Continue reading

Gina Lopez Rejected as Environment Secretary

The Commission on Appointments rejected Gina Lopez’ nomination as Environment secretary. This is the second straight rejection of a President Rodrigo Duterte-appointee; Perfecto Yasay was earlier thumbed down after he lied about his citizenship. No word yet on Lopez’ replacement, though the name of a former local government official from Mindanao, Mark Tolentino, has been floated even before Lopez was rejected. Tolentino’s lack of… Continue reading

Philex Puts Silangan Mine Project on Hold

Philex Mining will put on hold its next big mining project, Silangan Mine in Surigao del Norte, after investing P17 billion following Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s order banning open-pit mining. The company said it would abide by the order and is hesitant to file legal action against it. It added that there have been some initial movements on the project but nothing significant has been developed… Continue reading