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 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 ‘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 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’ 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 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 TAMPAKAN. In this file photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez looks at a miniature sculpture of Tampakan during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments. File photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page ‘I’m doing it now because I have no idea what’s going to happen on Tuesday,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, referring to her upcoming confirmation hearing
MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 27, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announced on Thursday, April 27, that her department is banning “prospective open-pit mines.”
Continue reading DENR bans prospective open-pit mines