Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumph

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Asked about reports that President Duterte's political party, PDP-Laban, is endorsing lawyer Mark Kristopher Tolentino to the environment department in case Lopez fails to get the CA nod, Pacquiao said he is not aware of the issue.

Dominguez took the unprecedented action of testifying against a fellow cabinet member when he told the commission hearings that Lopez should be rejected. "On the other hand, it's a democratic process and we respect their decision", Abella said.

However, the firm noted too in its complaint that the use of biochar is being pushed by the Philippine Biochar Association, Inc., of which one of the trustees is former Environment Undersecretary and Lopez appointee Philip G. Camara.

"You can jail and make accountable any mining company that is unscrupulous and does not comply, but to impose obstacles against Citinickel which is in full compliance based on your audit, I think is abusive and requires to be penalized", Kapunan said.

Fighting back tears after the CA thumbed down her appointment as Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary, Gina Lopez lamented her rejection during a press conference on Wednesday, May 3.

He also brushed aside insinuations that the CA results have been swayed by strong lobbying of the mining industry, saying the sector has "suffered" under Lopez's leadership of DENR. "We were able to articulate the points that we want", COMP executive vice president Nelia Halcon told The STAR.

Ronald Recidoro, vice-president of the Chamber of Mines, said his body will now seek a reversal of Ms Lopez's decisions.

Lopez is the second Cabinet member of the Duterte administration to be rejected by the powerful CA.

Lopez in particular pointed at San Juan Representative San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, the head of the House contingent at the CA. "We were just thankful that the commission has resolved this rather than spindle", Recidoro said.

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"We should not make it a point that it is environment versus mining".

"The fight for responsible mining continues even if Lopez has been rejected".

Peliño-Golle expressed hopes, however, that this time, the CA will confirm Lopez as DENR secretary.

These include the closure and suspension of some 28 mining companies, cancellation of 75 more mining contracts and the banning of open-pit mining nationwide. We've been considerably weakened, our image has been tarnished.

True to form, she launched a mining review the following week, eventually suspending 10 mines before the year was over and warning 20 more were at risk of being halted for environmental breaches.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez had expressed fears that Lopez's mining closure orders opened the country to global arbitration suits.

The eight who voted for Lopez's confirmation were Pacquiao, Vicente Sotto III, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Francis Pangilinan, Senate President protempore Ralph Recto, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Franklin Drilon.

In a telephone interview, he said Lopez's rejection is "a tragedy" for the environment, as well as for the rights and welfare of our people.

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