MANILA — Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff and retired general Roy Cimatu has been appointed as the new environment secretary, replacing Gina Lopez.
Cimatu who is also the special envoy for OFW and refugees, served as chief of staff of the military in 2002.
Lawmakers last Wednesday rejected the appointment of Lopez, who cracked down on alleged unsafe mining practices during her 10 months in office.
In a Facebook post, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol said President Rodrigo Duterte introduced Cimatu as new Environment chief.
“‘Let us put an end to all speculations,” Pres. Rody Duterte said as he announced the appointment of former Army General and Ambassdor Roy Cimatu as the new Environment Secretary,” Pinol said in his post.