THE powerful Commission on Appointments on Wednesday rejected the ad-interim appointment of environmentalist Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), putting a stop to her crackdown on mining companies.
Lopez failed to get the nod of the 24-member appointments body after three confirmation hearings conducted by its committee on the environment and natural resources, where she was grilled on her policies and competence to lead the DENR.
The decision on whether to confirm or reject her appointment was done through secret balloting during an executive session that was attended by all members of the appointments body, composed of 12 senators and 12 representatives.
Only eight members voted to confirm Lopez while 16 voted to reject her appointment.
Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao, chairman of the environment committee, presented the recommendation of the panel before a plenary session.