Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday joined other legislators in saying that Regina Lopez had no one to blame but herself for her failure to obtain confirmation from the Commission on Appointments. Cayetano said that her illegal actions on mining companies cost her job.
“I will always decide on what is right and not what is popular. I’m not surprised to see so much support and so much opposition to the voting of the CA regarding DENR Secretary Nominee Gina Lopez. I thank those who are open-minded and asking why? I’m not surprised that Gina and her group will go so low as to cast aspersions on why I voted the way I did and even accuse me of being in the pockets of the mining industry,” said Cayetano in his official Facebook account.
Cayetano went with other CA members in taking offense with criticisms that business interest swayed the bicameral panel in its decision to reject Lopez for the DENR post.
CA members such as Senator Panfilo Lacson, congressmen Julieta Cortuna of A Teacher, Robert Ace Barbers of Surigao del Norte, Gus Tambunting of Parañaque and Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela took turns denouncing the defenders of the ousted secretary. In the words of Lacson, the insinuation about “lobby money” influencing the rejection of Lopez was a “sweeping assault on the integrity of the members of the Commission on Appointments but the CA itself being an independent constitutional body.”