DENR Secretary Gina Lopez
The Commission on Appointment has yet to release its decision on whether to confirm or not the appointment of Secretary Gina Lopez to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
According to Senator Manny Pacquiao, the members of the committee have decided to hold an executive session on Tuesday to decide on the matter.
“Caucus lang ito, kasi aalis sya e , we request her to stay . She committed already the appointment in the States, we cannot stop her”, Senator Pacquiao said.
During the confirmation hearing today, oppositors and members of the committee grilled the secretary on a number of issues.
A total of 20 oppositors raised their objection to Lopez’s confirmation.
Among them were members of the Chambers of Mines in the Philippines, mining engineers, UP miner, and representatives from the coalition of ecologist, scientist, and scholars.
Also present were representatives from the provincial council of Surigao del Norte and various stakeholders.
The opposition argues that Lopez is not qualified for the position and she has not enough knowledge to do her job.
“Today we oppose the confirmation of Ms. Lopez as DENR secretary because she is unfit and unqualified to be government’s lead regulator of natural resource development”, the Chamber of Mines Philippines said.
They claim that Lopez did not thoroughly analyze the situation of the country’s mining industry before she ordered the closure and suspension of some mining operations.
For her part, Lopez said it is not her intention to establish war against anyone but then, she needs to do her job.
Lopez admitted that she gets emotional at times especially when it comes to her principles as DENR Secretary but she insists that everything she does is in accordance with the law.
“All the violations are laws violated there is a law backing each violation which we said they violated we follow due process every single step of the way”, said Secretary Gina Lopez. – Aga Caacbay | UNTV News and Rescue
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