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ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

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BIODIVERSITY-RICH REGION. The ASEAN region is home to globally significant natural resources on land and in water, including about 18% of all species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Photo courtesy of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 3, 2017) — The biological diversity or biodiversity in the ASEAN region, which is home to the “mega-diverse countries” of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will greatly be eroded by 2100 if the destruction of the environment continues unabated, a recently launched report by an intergovernmental organization revealed. Continue reading ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

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An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation ‘off the hook’

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 14, 2017) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday, July 14, filed a criminal complaint against Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) for its “massive indiscriminate tree cutting” in Brooke’s Point, Palawan despite the cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC). Continue reading DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds

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‘THE PUNISHER.’ President Duterte again uses colorful threats to ensure mining companies pay for damage wrought by their operations. Presidential photo

President Rodrigo Duterte says the ‘mining impasse’ is one problem he needs to solve after the Marawi crisis is over

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 12, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez may be out of government but President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, July 12, appeared raring to continue some of her mining reforms. Continue reading Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

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President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations. He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary

June 30, 2017 — It has been an exciting year for the environment and for climate change under President Duterte. Whether change for the better has come and progress will be finally made in these two important areas of our national life is, however, still uncertain. Continue reading Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don’t allow irresponsible mining or ‘I’ll shoot you’

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‘NO COMMENT.’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will ‘definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws, rules, and regulations’ on mining

MANILA, Philippines (May 11, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez has one last message for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Mario Luis Jacinto. Continue reading Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don’t allow irresponsible mining or ‘I’ll shoot you’

After confusion on Lopez vote, Aquino wants CA to review secret voting

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REVIEW. Senator Bam Aquino calls on the Commission on Appointments to review the new policy allowing secret voting. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says someone clearly ‘lied’ about voting in favor of former environment secretary Gina Lopez

MANILA, Philippines (May 9, 2017) — For the sake of transparency, minority Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has filed a resolution calling on the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to “review” its new rule allowing secret voting when it’s time to reject or approve a presidential appointment. Continue reading After confusion on Lopez vote, Aquino wants CA to review secret voting

What happens to Gina Lopez’s orders at DENR

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WHAT NOW? Former environment secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Well, there’s a presumption of regularity,’ says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (May 9, 2017) — Now that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has a new chief, what will happen to the controversial orders made by Gina Lopez in the past 10 months? Continue reading What happens to Gina Lopez’s orders at DENR