Apr. 21, 2017: DOF tells Gina: Recuse yourself from mine audit review

Apr. 21, 2017:    DOF tells Gina:   Recuse yourself from mine audit review

MANILA, Philippines — The spokesperson of the Department of Finance (DOF) suggested on Thursday that Environment Secretary Gina Lopez recuse herself from the review of the interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) following her past pronouncements that she would disregard the outcome of the board’s assessment and stick to her department’s findings.

Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez said in a statement that it is Lopez who should inhibit herself from the review to be conducted by the MICC and not Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin, who has past ties to the mining industry.

This latest statement from the Finance department further opens to the public the seeming civil war ongoing among some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet over the government’s mining policies.

“Perhaps, it is the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) secretary who needs to recuse herself from the MICC process, given that she has publicly stated that she would stick to the findings of the DENR’s audit report regardless of the outcome of the MICC review ordered by the president,” said Alvarez, the daughter of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

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