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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’

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

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

Gov’t mulls Indonesian-style export ban on unprocessed minerals – DENR

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FACING UNCERTAINTY. Could the exportof Philippine raw mineral ore such as nickel and copper be banned?

‘In the long term that will help our economy because that will increase the value add of the products,’ says Environment Undersecretary Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — The government is considering an Indonesian-style ban on exports of unprocessed minerals. This is part of efforts to breathe life into the country’s dormant iron and steel industry, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Continue reading Gov’t mulls Indonesian-style export ban on unprocessed minerals – DENR

DENR exec on mining audit: Not true there was no due process

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MINING CLOSURES. This box contains documents from mining companies with closure order. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

‘The mere fact that mining companies replied to the DENR’s audit findings means that they acknowledge due process was being observed,’ says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 26, 2017) — Boxes of documents related to the mining audit were presented to reporters on Friday, February 24, as an environment official reiterated that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) followed due process in conducting the audit. Continue reading DENR exec on mining audit: Not true there was no due process

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