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NBI to start probe of Caramoan mining

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THIS serene scene in Lahuy Island is deceptive and does not show the tension that grips a village there because of conflicting operations to mine its gold deposits. JUAN ESCANDOR JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Members of the Camarines Sur provincial government’s environment watchdog, tasked with going after illegal mining, have been accused of involvement in illegal mining themselves, which led to the killings of four people, according to a complaint filed in the National Bureau of Investigation.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Consistent honor student gets 14-carat gold medal

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For the last 10 years, her diligence at school has brought pride and wealth to her family — literally.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Free-for-all gold hunt in Surigao

IT HAS BECOME a free-for-all hunt for gold in the village of Tambis in Barobo town, Surigao del Sur province. The supposed small-scale mining operations have led to craters this big in areas that used to be farms. CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Supposed small-scale operators allegedly with a permit from the province’s governor have turned to open-pit mining, turning vast tracts of farmlands in a gold-rich village in this town into what looks like craters the size of coliseums.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Firm seen pulling out of Tampakan

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Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata is expected to pull out of a $5.9-billion gold-copper mining project in the Philippines, its Australian partner Indophil said.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Small miners won’t stop mercury use

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MINERS extract gold from crushed ore using mercury at a gold-processing plant in Pasian village, Monkayo, Compostela Valley. Pasian is 36 kilometers from Mt. Diwalwal, a gold-rich village where mercury is still widely used for catching gold by artisanal mining in spite of a worldwide ban. FRINSTON L. LIM

With a piece of cloth, Demetria Durano squeezes out a whitish object the size of a matchstick head from a shallow basin. Using a kilogram of mercury, she captures 5 grams of gold—worth P5,500—from a 45-kg bag of milled ore.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Judo nets two golds as Philippines inches closer to sixth-placer Singapore

Naypyitaw, Myanmar—A battle-tested warrior out to prove he’s far from finished and a teenage judoka with immense potential struck gold yesterday, sparking Team Philippines’ late assault for sixth spot in the 27th Southeast Asian Games here. Judoka Gilbert Ramirez reclaimed the title he last won eight years ago, while 16-year-old Kiyomi Watanabe, tipped to be [...]

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in CDN - Sports,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Million-dollar gold stash found in aircraft toilet

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Cleaners working on a commercial plane in eastern India have found 24 gold bars worth more than $1 million stuffed into a toilet compartment, officials said Wednesday.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thieves steal $3 million in gold and platinum in Colombia

A boy stands behind a sign that says "We buy gold and platinum" in downtown Tado Choco department, Colombia on July 8, 2010. AFP FILE PHOTO

Gunmen, including three in police uniform, stole $3 million in gold and platinum on Wednesday from a warehouse in Medellin, northwestern Colombia, police said.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In gold they trust: Cold cash for ‘scrap’ jewelry

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Adela (not her real name) waited an hour and a half on a sofa along a hotel corridor while assistants of a foreign jewelry buyer went out to withdraw cash to purchase items from another seller who came before her.

Posted: April 14th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Real gold for honor grads in Monkayo

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Judy Ann Romano, 16, shows off her 15-gram gold medal after her graduation as valedictorian at the public high school in Mt. Diwalwal village, Monkayo, Compostela Valley last Apr. 5. The gold-rich village has been giving the pricey token to its brightest students since 2003. photo by Frinston Lim, Inquirer Mindanao

The lack of electricity after Typhoon “Pablo” brought down power lines in her community last December proved a blessing in disguise for 16-year-old Judy Ann Romano.

Posted: April 9th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Surigao Norte gov seeks gold smuggling probe

A PORT in Claver, Surigao del Norte, where nickel ore is loaded into barges and brought to their buyers. While nickel is the main mineral being produced in the province, Gov. Sol Matugas expressed alarm at reports that illegal gold mining is also going on and gold ores are being smuggled out. DANILO V. ADORADOR III/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The governor of Surigao del Norte expressed alarm over reports of large-scale smuggling of gold out of the province, saying authorities should investigate and put a stop to the illegal extraction and shipment of the highly prized metal.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Rising gold price makes necklace theft all the rage in Paris

Tourists river boats sail past the Pont des Arts, on the Seine river in Paris Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. A new trend has hit the streets of Paris: ripping gold chains from their owners' necks.  AP PHOTO

A new trend has hit the streets of Paris: ripping gold chains from their owners’ necks.

Posted: October 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gold plants in Diwalwal to relocate

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in southern Mindanao will oversee the pullout of all gold processing plants in Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, following the rise in levels of mercury and other toxic substances in Naboc River, a key source of water for farming in the province.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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