Duterte reaffirms trust in Gina Lopez by reappointing her as environment chief

  • Pres. Rodrigo Duterte reappointed Gina Lopez as DENR secretary
  • The President said he reaffirmed his trust in Lopez because she is not corrupt
  • Lopez was among the several Cabinet members that had to be reappointed after they were bypassed by the powerful Commission on Appointments

President Rodrigo Duterte reaffirmed his trust in Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez through reappointment.

“I reappointed her. Na bypass siya eh. But I like her. She is okay, very strict, I like that. She is not corrupt, I like that. And she cannot be corrupted,” Duterte was quoted saying in an article published by ABS-CBN News.

Earlier, speculations that Lopez had been sacked surfaced after she was not included in the list of Cabinet members who got reappointed but finally rectified earlier notions when Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea revealed after Duterte’s arrival from the APEC Summit that Lopez had been reappointed.

Lopez was among the several Cabinet members that had to be reappointed after they were bypassed by the powerful Commission on Appointments.

In an earlier statement, Lopez said she was not intentionally excluded from the initial list of reappointed Cabinet members, saying the President’s staff admitted to a “problem of logistics.”

I do want to clean up the DENR [Department of Environment and Natural Resources]. Our budget was just approved, P28 billion. If we don’t have the right people and the right systems, that money is not going to make a difference,” the DENR secretary noted.

As such, Lopez led an unprecedented crackdown on unsafe mines further citing that 20 companies are up for possible suspension.

In doing her job, the environment czar pointed out that the key in performing her task well is having the right people, especially in the field, as she cited that she has “zero tolerance for corruption.”

“We have to rock the boat that’s what happens when you bring on change, you rock the boat,” Lopez strongly said.

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