DENR chief’s fate known next week

2

The Environment committee of the Commission on Appointments (CA) terminated the public hearing on the appointment of Gina Lopez as Secretary of the Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday.

The panel, chaired by Senator Manny Pacquiao gave the oppositors a chance to raise their respective objections to Lopez’s designation.

The committee will decide on the case next week.

The CA panel received 23 sworn oppositions and almost all of them protested the order of Lopez to close down 23 of the 41 mines in the country.


The committee allowed 21 of the 23 oppositors to read their respective position papers questioning Lopez’s qualifications and capacity to head the agency.

Among the issues tackled during the eight-hour hearing was the criteria being used by Lopez in deciding whether to close a particular mining firm or allow it to operate.

Pacquiao cited the case of San Roque Metals Inc. (SRMI) which was not padlocked despite the fact that it’s operation is in a watershed.

But Lopez maintained that the SRMI passed the audit because of positive results from laboratory tests.

“I really don’t want this to be a fight between me and the mining [companies]. We’ve passed 13 mines, my non-negotiable stand is for the common good,” she told the senator.

The committee, after hearing the oppositors, terminated the proceedings and scheduled a caucus on Tuesday, March 13.

If the committee will not be able to confirm Lopez’s appointment, she will be considered bypassed because Congress will go on a break next week.

If bypassed, Lopez needs to be reappointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in order for her to be considered by the CA once it resumes session in May. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

Share.
.
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

2 Comments

  1. jeff jaramillo on

    Mankayan, Benguet used to be a very rich municipality because of Suyok Mines and (LCMC) Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company. Aside from those from the Mountain Provinces, people from Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos Sur went there to work.

    Because people are moneyed, business of various kind inundated Mankayan town, including gambling and sale of illegal drugs. In the mid-1960, crimes started to climb. Simple life of the townfolks has become complicated.

    Fast forward: LCMC closed apparently the company has taken what they want. Not long after the ground surface started to sink because of the excavations/tunnels underneath. Central Elementary school sunk and it has to be relocated. The Catholic Church likewise sunk. Main road became unpassable. Many houses were declared unsafe to dwell.

    Now, all the wealth generated by the municipality and the people in the years 1950s to early 70s are gone.

    Who, among the mining engineers of LCMC in 1950s, could tell then what would Mankayan become after 60 years?

    Gina Lopez has that foresight. Unfortunately, she was nowhere during the 1960s. BUT WE ARE LUCKY THAT SHE IS NOW HERE SAFEGUARDING OUR MOUNTAINS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE BENEFITED BY WHAT SHE IS DOING NOW..

    But the problems is how can we stop these greedy mining companies? Worse, our congress and senate people are favoring these mining companies.

  2. Pilipinas, hindi ka Nag-iisa!

    “The Obama administration in its waning days blocked a Luksic-company plan to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to a Minnesota wilderness area, citing environmental concerns. The company and some Minnesota politicians are urging the Trump administration to reverse the decision.”

    Source: Ivanka Trump’s Landlord Is a Chilean Billionaire Suing the U.S. Government
    Mark Maremont,The Wall Street Journal 21 hours ag