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Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

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PEOPLE’S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler

‘Change did not happen,’ an indigenous peoples’ group says

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Protests from all over the country and from different sectors of society greeted the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

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

Lopez hits Medialdea for counteracting order on mine stockpile

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SOCIAL JUSTICE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says it’s ‘social justice’ for the companies to help farmers. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

‘He’s going against the very spirit of the Duterte administration, which is to help the poor. So I’m not really happy about this at all,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez of the actions of the senior Palace official

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 19, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Wednesday, April 19 hit Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea for “counteracting” her order requiring suspended mining companies to give P2 million for every hectare of farmland affected by their activities. Continue reading Lopez hits Medialdea for counteracting order on mine stockpile

3-month long review of suspended mines starts March 6

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BALANCING ACT.The country’s economic managers are worried about the million of workers to be affected by the mining closures and the loss of foreign investment while the DENR fears long the long-term damage to the environment. File Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who co-chairs the Mining Industry Coordinating Council, says they will review audit reports or checklists prepared and developed by the DENR

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — The review of the 28 mines facing closure or suspension will kick off on Monday, March 6, according to the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC). Continue reading 3-month long review of suspended mines starts March 6

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

Lopez urges CA: Make decisions based on common good

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PLANNING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez meets with affected miners in Loreto, Dinagat Islands, on February 25, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘I feel that whoever is in the Commission on Appointments must have no vested business interests, because the rhyme and reason for appointment should be public service,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 28, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Tuesday, February 28, urged the Commission on Appointments (CA) to consider “experience and sincerity” as its top criteria when it deliberates on her confirmation. Continue reading Lopez urges CA: Make decisions based on common good

Lopez: Duterte agrees no mining in watersheds

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NO MINING IN WATERSHEDS? Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in watersheds. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

‘Don’t worry, you’re my Cabinet secretary, and naniniwala rin ako na hindi dapat i-mina ‘yung watersheds,’ Environment Secretary Gina Lopez recalls President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 26, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday, February 23, said President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in the country’s watersheds. Continue reading Lopez: Duterte agrees no mining in watersheds