MANILA – Environment Secretary Gina Lopez had defended some of the reforms she was accused of railroading by saying she wanted to ensure they are in place immediately, as she had no idea what her fate will be when Congress resumes session on May 2.
On the eve of that resumption, as expected, mining industry leaders called for her nomination’s rejection by the bicameral Commission on Appointments – citing, among others, ignorance of the law, disregard for legal processes, and extreme sensitivity to criticism.
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) issued a statement renewing its call for the CA to reject Lopez’s appointment as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Secretary-designate Lopez has shown herself totally unqualified to lead the DENR. She does not know the law, struggling to define a watershed, or even what an MPSA is. She frequently disregards legal processes, and hates being checked by media and other government agencies like the MICC,” the COMP said in a statement.