Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) — The Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected Wednesday the appointment of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez amid issues over her controversial policies and alleged incompetence.
Senator Manny Pacquiao, chairperson of the Committee on environment and natural resources, moved to disapprove Lopez’s appointment before the plenary session.
No CA member objected to the motion, although some lawmakers made their manifestations, including Senators Tito Sotto, Kiko Pangilinan, JV Ejercito, and Loren Legarda.
The senators, who said they voted for Lopez’s confirmation, said they are saddened but they respect the decision of the majority.
“To Gina I truly admire your passion and love for the environment,” Pacquiao said as he announced his committee’s decision to disapprove Lopez’s appointment.
Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon said the Liberal Party actually voted as a bloc for Lopez’s confirmation. “Unfortunately, we lost in the vote,” he said.
Legarda, an environment advocate, said: “It is unfortunate that we let pass an opportunity for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to be led by someone who has the passion, integrity and political will to implement our environmental laws.”