‘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 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 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 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 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 Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during press conference at the DENR office on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA Environment officials bare the results of their audit on mining operations in the country
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 29, 2016) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on Tuesday, September 27, that it has recommended the suspension of 20 mining firms following the completion of its audit of mining operations in the country.
Continue reading 20 mining firms recommended for suspension – DENR 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