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Philippine coal miner halts operations after pit collapse kills 3

Published on Feb 14, 2013 3:24 PM

MANILA (REUTERS) - The Philippines' biggest coal miner, Semirara Mining Corp, has suspended operations at a mine in the central part of the country after three workers were killed and seven left missing when part of the mine collapsed.

Thirteen workers were initially trapped when the west wall of Semirara's Panian pit gave way late on Wednesday. Three were later rescued, said George San Pedro, resident manager at the coal mine.

"The management is in the process of determining the cause of the accident," Mr San Pedro said in a statement. "Meanwhile, it has stopped operations to ensure the safety of all its personnel."

Shares of Semirara fell as much as 15 percent to a two-month low following reports of the collapse.

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