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Clear, present danger to Subic Bay

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The Subic Bay, one of the country’s top tourism destinations, possesses a deep harbor protected by mountains and the Grande Island, making it an ideal port for vessels and site for the once US naval base—the American government’s largest military installation outside of the mainland from the late 1940s to the early 1990s.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Subic contractor violated PH laws, say probers

An independent investigation initiated by the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce has concluded that a US Navy contractor violated Philippine laws when it dumped waste from an American ship outside Subic waters in October.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Senate confirms Subic toxic waste dumping

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Sen. Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A US Navy contractor violated Philippine environmental laws by dumping toxic waste into Subic Bay in October, Senate investigators found Wednesday.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers accuse Palace of being indifferent to Subic Bay toxic dumping

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The perceived lack of outrage from Malacañang over the reported dumping of toxic wastes in Philippine waters by a US Navy contractor has troubled militants, who backed Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s call for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace hands off probe on toxic waste dumping by US Navy contractor

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Malacañang would rely on the investigation by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the Senate of the alleged dumping of hazardous waste on Subic Bay since a presidential body could not inquire into it, officials said Sunday.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Birthday party in Subic home is fright night

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It seems the most natural way to mark a birthday of someone born on Halloween: Bring the fright to the guests.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Subic traders pay new fees, but grudgingly

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The business community here has begun paying the Common Use Service Area (Cusa) fee, which intends to recover expenses for services such as street cleaning, street lighting, fire fighting and law enforcement inside this economic zone.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t told coal plant to put aircraft at risk

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SUBIC BAY International Airport sits in an area near where business groups insist on building a coal plant amid warnings about the risks that the project will bring to aircraft. ROBERT GONZAGA JR. / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant being proposed by RP Energy here will endanger aircraft using the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA), including those that fly into this free port under the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, a British pilot said.

Posted: October 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Senate told SBMA execs in on rice smuggling

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A Senate inquiry was told Wednesday that certain officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), a free port zone locator and an Indian rice supplier connived in the attempt to smuggle almost P500 million worth of rice in April.

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bases conversion: Vision is there, but…

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(Second of three parts) SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The conversion of US military bases in Central Luzon began with cleaning these of Mt. Pinatubo’s debris and with former President Fidel Ramos signing proclamations that provided the legal basis for programs proposed in the University of the Philippines’ baselands study. These programs centered mainly on Subic becoming a [...]

Posted: November 26th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Keppel had no safety plan, says Labor chief

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Keppel Subic shipyard did not have a safety officer on the scene when a steel ramp collapsed crushing five workers to death last Friday, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Tuesday.

Posted: October 12th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Subic locators not primary beneficiary of coal-fired power plant

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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Although the coal-fired power plant that is to be built here would rise in the Redondo Peninsula, almost all of the power it would generate would not go to businesses in this freeport, an official of the project proponent said. In a July 8 letter to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chair Roberto [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Planned coal power plant splits businessmen in Subic

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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The proposed construction of a coal-fired power plant here has divided businessmen between those opposing the project because of its environmental effects, and those supporting it because businesses here need more and cheaper electricity. Danny Piano, president of the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC), said his group used to oppose the [...]

Posted: August 11th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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