Apr. 20, 2017: Chamber of Mines : Lopez reappointment as DENR chief ‘unfortunate’
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s mining industry finds the reappointment of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez as unfortunate and reiterated that she remains unqualified for the post.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night issued the ad interim appointments of Lopez and three other Cabinet members who have not been confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA).
“It is very unfortunate. We maintain our opposition and we hope that the CA will really look into the qualifications. Lopez is really not qualified,” Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) Legal and Policy vice president Ronald Recidoro told The STAR.
Among the Cabinet members, Lopez faces the strongest opposition after mining companies and mining host communities filed their position papers against the confirmation of the Environment chief.
Lopez was bypassed after two consecutive hearings last month. She is slated to face the CA committee on environment and natural resources led by Sen. Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
“I think the president just want to leave it (decision-making) to the CA,” Recidoro said.