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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

Lacson explains vote on Gina Lopez: ‘Not fit nor qualified for the job’

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CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson talks to then environment secretary Gina Lopez before her confirmation hearing in March 2017. Photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says former environment secretary Gina Lopez ‘has authoritarian tendencies’

MANILA, Philippines (May 5, 2017) — Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday, May 4, that he voted against the confirmation of Gina Lopez as environment chief as he believed she was neither fit nor qualified for the job. Continue reading Lacson explains vote on Gina Lopez: ‘Not fit nor qualified for the job’

Duterte on CA votes vs Gina Lopez: ‘Lobby money talks’

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SECOND LOSS TO CA. Former environment secretary Gina Lopez is the second Duterte Cabinet official to be rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Malacañang file photo

‘Sayang si Gina. I really like her passion,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte after losing Gina Lopez as a Cabinet member

MANILA, Philippines (May 4, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, May 4, attributed the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Gina Lopez as environment chief to the persuasive power of “lobby money.” Continue reading Duterte on CA votes vs Gina Lopez: ‘Lobby money talks’

Gina Lopez ‘surprised, disappointed’ by CA votes

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BUSINESS INTERESTS VS COMMON GOOD. Former environment secretary Gina Lopez laments that some lawmakers have sided with business interests over the ‘common good’ when they rejected her appointment. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

‘My experience with them is that these were persons of principle,’ says the former environment chief of some lawmakers who voted against her confirmation

MANILA, Philippines (May 4, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez said on Thursday, May 4, that she was “surprised and disappointed” with the decision of some members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to vote against her appointment. Continue reading Gina Lopez ‘surprised, disappointed’ by CA votes

‘Is someone lying?’ CA votes on Gina Lopez don’t add up

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SECRET VOTING. The Commission on Appointments has yet to release the individual votes of CA members on the rejection of former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

Due to the secret voting done by the Commission on Appointments, the public can only take the lawmakers’ word whether they voted to confirm or reject the environment secretary

MANILA, Philippines (May 4, 2017) — Someone is lying in the 25-member Commission on Appointments (CA), but with the new policy on secret voting, it is hard to determine who. Continue reading ‘Is someone lying?’ CA votes on Gina Lopez don’t add up

Burying Gina

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, in a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017, said their agency is gearing towards the establishment of ‘E3 zone’ or the ecological, economical and educational programs in areas where mining firms will be closed. Malacañang Photo

How big mining is moving earth (and heaven) to prevent the confirmation of Duterte’s environment crusader?

April 26, 2017 — To many, Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez is one of the bright lights in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. Now, if the powerful mining industry has its way, this light could be extinguished on May 2 or 3, when the Commission on Appointments (CA) will convene once more to decide whether or not to confirm her as secretary of environment and natural resources. Continue reading Burying Gina

Opposition to Lopez’s confirmation gives Pacquiao ‘headache’

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CONFIRMATION. At least 27 oppositions have been filed before the Commission on Appointments against Environment Secretary Gina Lopez over mining closures.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, CA environment committee chair, says aside from at least 27 complaints against the environment chief, there are also CA members opposed to her confirmation

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao admitted on Wednesday, March 1, that the complaints filed with the Commission on Appointments against the confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez have given him a “headache.” Continue reading Opposition to Lopez’s confirmation gives Pacquiao ‘headache’

Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. Image by Rappler.com

Mining industry players did not invest enough in building goodwill. And this explains why they were not prepared for someone like Gina Lopez

March 1, 2017 — Months before the 2016 presidential election that President Rodrigo Duterte won, mining industry players gathered in the ballroom of Solaire Resort in Pasay City for their annual Chamber of Mines summit. Continue reading Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez

Dominguez on Lopez: Being a secretary not like being a crusader

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GOOD BALANCE. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says Cabinet members should strive to work as a team. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

‘You have to have an approach that is very balanced, that is very deliberate, that is very rational, that is science-based,’ Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says of heading a government department

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 28, 2017) — As Environment Secretary Gina Lopez prepares to go through the Commission on Appointments wringer, a senior Cabinet official indirectly reminded her that leading a government agency is not the same as waging a crusade. Continue reading Dominguez on Lopez: Being a secretary not like being a crusader