SAN PEDRO CITY—The sight of bluish green water flowing through the Boac River in Marinduque province has raised suspicions of a high level of acid seeping from mine wastes left in the defunct Marcopper mining site.
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region said it will test the river's water quality this month, after the Boac town government, through its municipal planning and development office, called its attention to what was reported as an "acid mine drain" or outflow of acidic water from metal mines.
Read more: Copper residue shows in river water

MANILA — Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. personally denied his involvement in illegal drugs to President Duterte in a meeting at Malacañang last Tuesday.
The former Pangasinan governor was named in a so-called "drug matrix" presented by President Duterte last week to illustrate the network of government protectors for drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), allegedly led by Sen. Leila de Lima.
Read more: Espino: Duterte agreed to re-check facts behind Bilibid 'drug matrix'

These days the only news about the government that is reaching the people is the news about its hardline stand against criminals and the incessant war on drugs. So much so that we tend to forget all the other things we should be talking about. It's understandable. President Duterte's administration has been so polarizing that both sides – those who support his war on crime and those who don't – have been filling up newsprint and the airwaves with their opinions and drowning out everything else.
Read more: Let's not forget our rich natural resources

he government's moves against irresponsible mining is likely to disrupt the global nickel market, mainly by forcing the movement of stocks in warehouses and benefit suppliers in other parts of the world.
London-based investor service firm FastMarkets Ltd. said the Duterte administration "could structurally change [the] nickel market," at least in the movement of stocks if not in helping raise prices.
William Adams, head of research at FastMarkets, said in a forecast and analysis report for the third quarter of 2016 that while nickel prices could be very volatile, available stocks were ample enough to dampen any supply shock.

Read more: PH mining stance to disrupt global nickel market

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