Just this Wednesday, the Commission on Appointments delivered a stinging rebuff of Environment and Natural Resources secretary-designate Regina Lopez in the wake of her controversial moves to stop the mineral extraction activities of numerous companies that she deemed were less than deserving of having their operations continued.
One of the issues that unraveled out of this was the apparent inability of Lopez to achieve a balance between the competing interests of nature conservation and harnessing of natural resources for economic good.
Lopez’s detractors point out that her being a staunch and outspoken environmental advocate tilts too heavily against her role as a natural resources manager.
This is manifested by her tendency to skip regulations and “very often” decides on the basis of emotions rather than evidence, according to Atty. Ronnie Recidoro, Vice President for Legal and Policy of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.