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Benguet towns end debt feud with Philex

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Two towns of Benguet province have settled for a P200-million payment to end a P1.3-billion debt standoff with gold and copper producer Philex Mining Corp., according to a Benguet official.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Town revives bid to collect P1.3B in taxes from mining firm

A SECURITY guard and workers of Philex Mining Corp. view the Balog creek in Itogon, Benguet which was affected by a tailings spill in August 2012. The creek has since been cleaned. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

BAGUIO CITY—The mining town of Itogon in Benguet province has revived a tax dispute with the Philex Mining Corp. and has threatened to shut down the tailings pond and mill site of the firm’s Padcal mine should it fail to pay P1.3 billion in accumulated business taxes dating back to 2002.   “We will be [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Miner killed in Benguet mine mishap

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A miner of Philex Mining Corp. died in an accidental discharge of mud beneath the Padcal mine in Tuba town, Benguet, three days before Christmas, prompting company officials to review safety protocols.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

3 more years seen in bid to make tailings pond safe

A WORKER of Philex Mining Corp. keeps watch over the tailings pond, which was repaired after it leaked in August 2012 and spilled mine waste down Benguet waterways. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

It would take two to three more years to stabilize the tailings pond of Philex Mining Corp., which breached and caused last year’s environmental accident in Benguet province, a company official said.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Dam water safe despite mine waste

Despite tons of mine tailings deposited in its reservoir after a breach in a tailings pond of Philex Mining Corp. in Benguet province last year, the water quality at San Roque Dam has remained within standard levels, an official of the San Roque Power Corp. (SRPC) said.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pangilinan: Philex not required to clean up San Roque dam

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Manuel V. Pangilinan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manuel V. Pangilinan, chair of Philex Mining Corp., said his company has not been required by the government to clean the mine wastes that may have reached the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan when its tailings dam in the firm’s Benguet mine site broke down on Aug. 1 last year.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Mining loses one of its biggest heroes

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For years, gold producer Philex Mining Corp. had been sending Joel Son from its Padcal mine in Benguet to lead rescue missions each time calamities endangered lives in various parts of the country.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

This time, Philex rapped over road

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Philex Mining Corp. is again being held to account, this time by government foresters, over a road that it allegedly built through a Benguet watershed without first securing the proper clearances, like an environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

This time, Philex rapped over road

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Philex Mining Corp. is again being held to account, this time by government foresters, over a road that it allegedly built through a Benguet watershed without first securing the proper clearances, like an environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Mine firm accused of forest intrusion

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The country’s largest gold producer, Philex Mining Corp., allegedly destroyed a portion of a protected forest in Itogon, Benguet, to build a road to its new mine waste facility.

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Ongpin: CA freeze order unjustified

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The lawyer of business tycoon Roberto Ongpin on Saturday said the Court of Appeals’ order freezing Ongpin’s bank accounts is “totally without basis and completely unjustified.”

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

What Went Before: Philex Mining leak

Philex Mining Corp. voluntarily shut down its Padcal operations on Aug. 1, when an accidental discharge of water and sediment was discovered at its tailing pond in Itogon, Benguet province, amid heavy rains from Typhoon “Gener” (international name: Saola).

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

No compromise on mine leak—Aquino

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President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III’s marching orders to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje brooked no argument: Do not compromise on the environment.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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