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 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 COMPLY OR FACE SUSPENSION. The new DENR chief says ISO14001 certification is responsible mining. File photo by EPA/MWD Daily News This is in response to DENR chief Gina Lopez’s call to suspend mining firms that are not ISO-compliant
MANILA, Philippines (July 7, 2016) — Philex Mining Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary Silangan Mindanao Mining Corporation have a message to the newly-installed environment secretary: “We are ISO-compliant.”
Continue reading Philex, Silangan Mining to Gina Lopez – We are ISO-compliant