CA likely to bypass confirmation of DENR’s Gina Lopez

MANILA, Philippines — Chair of the Commission on Appointments (CA) Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Senator Manny Pacquiao said the confirmation of Gina Lopez as DENR chief is likely to be bypassed.

Thus, Lopez will need reappointment by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pacquiao said Lopez’ confirmation is now hanging in a balance, but still, they will give Lopez time to answer and clarify certain issues before the Commission in the next hearing.

Sen. Manny Paquiao said, “She has been bypassed. She needs reappointment then I’m sure and I’ve heard that the President will reappoint her again.”

He also noted that the confirmation hearing of Lopez will resume in May at the resumption of Senate’s session.

Meanwhile, CA has invited Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez as a resource person during the committee meeting on Tuesday.

Dominguez, who is also the co-chair of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC),  during the meeting said that Sec. Lopez did not properly follow due process in ordering the closure and suspension of mining firms.

The Finance Secretary further noted that DENR did not conduct enough consultation before issuing the decision.

“The DOLE, they said they were not consulted. I believe also DSWD also said they were not consulted. So, I think there was some kind a failure in the charge of due process,” said Dominguez.

Lopez previously argued against the MICC review.

Dominguez, however, defended the move citing that they just want to make sure that the law is being upheld because the questioning from mining companies on the due process further delays the implementation of the closure orders.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Mines is pleased that the confirmation of Lopez has been withheld.

Nevertheless, the group promised to support the Duterte administration and is ready to work towards progress of the mining industry in the country. — Aga Caacbay | UNTV News & Rescue

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