Image by Rappler.com An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation ‘off the hook’
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 14, 2017) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday, July 14, filed a criminal complaint against Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) for its “massive indiscriminate tree cutting” in Brooke’s Point, Palawan despite the cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC).
Continue reading DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting ‘THE PUNISHER.’ President Duterte again uses colorful threats to ensure mining companies pay for damage wrought by their operations. Presidential photo President Rodrigo Duterte says the ‘mining impasse’ is one problem he needs to solve after the Marawi crisis is over
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 12, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez may be out of government but President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, July 12, appeared raring to continue some of her mining reforms.
Continue reading Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds Image by Rappler.com President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations. He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary
June 30, 2017 — It has been an exciting year for the environment and for climate change under President Duterte. Whether change for the better has come and progress will be finally made in these two important areas of our national life is, however, still uncertain.
Continue reading Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now Image by Rappler.com Ipilan Nickel Corporation has until May 24 to explain why no criminal charges should be filed against it for cutting down trees
MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2017) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently issued a show cause order asking Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) to explain its tree-cutting activities in Brooke’s Point, Palawan despite the cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC).
Continue reading DENR issues show cause order vs Palawan mining firm ‘NO COMMENT.’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will ‘definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws, rules, and regulations’ on mining
MANILA, Philippines (May 11, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez has one last message for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Mario Luis Jacinto.
Continue reading Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don’t allow irresponsible mining or ‘I’ll shoot you’ 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 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 PROTEST. The DENR employees in Tacloban protested on May 8, 2017, as the government has yet to provide financial assistance for them after they were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler The employees call for the Duterte administration to immediately release the financial assistance due them as they were affected by typhoon Yolanda
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (May 8, 2017) — Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here walked out of their respective offices at noon on Monday, May 8, and began a protest rally outside the DENR regional office.
Continue reading Tacloban DENR employees protest lack of Yolanda assistance 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’ 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’