MANILA, Philippines – Jockeying for the position of environment secretary has started, just days after the Commission on Appointments rejected President Duterte’s appointment of Gina Lopez as environment chief.
The President is reportedly scouting for possible replacements in several positions in the Cabinet, including the post vacated by Lopez.
While Lopez said she wants Duterte to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, other names have surfaced as potential DENR chief.
Ramon Edison Batacan, a managing partner of the Davao-based Batacan Montejo Vicencio (BMV Law Firm), is reportedly among those that Duterte is considering to be the next environment secretary. The President personally knows Batacan.
Batacan is among the respected law luminaries in Davao City. He successfully prosecuted the dismantling of ball mills operating in the capital town of Tagum City, Davao del Norte which were found to be the source of mercury poisoning affecting school children in the area.