- DENR Secretary bared alleged bribe attempt to block her confirmation
- She said she will continue to do her job despite opposition from the mining industry
- She also said she still enjoys the support of President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – Amid growing opposition from the mining industry, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez bared an alleged attempt to bribe members of the powerful Commission on Appointment to block her confirmation.
While not naming names, Lopez said the CA members were offered P50 million each to vote against her.
“Let the dice fall where it may. And so, I don’t care. I was told that every congressman was offered 50 million daw if they voted against me,” GMA News quoted her as saying.
Saying the package for the congressmen also included funds for their campaign kitties, Lopez stressed she will nevertheless continue to do her job.
“At the end of the day, before I took this job, I had one consideration – it’s my spirituality,” she said.
Lopez added that she still enjoyed the support of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Kinausap ko siya kahapon [I talked to him] before he went to the NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) board meeting and he was very supportive. He understands ‘yung hindi dapat i-mina ‘yung watersheds [there should be no mining in the watersheds],” she said.
For his part, CA Majority Leader Rudy Albano dared Lopez to identify her sources.
“Otherwise she will be merely engaging in innuendo and intrigues. Is that an example of how she will run the DENR should she be confirmed?” he said.
Albano said they will base their ruling on the material they have been given and nothing more.
“It’s not like there is a paucity of submissions to the CA regarding her confirmation proceedings. Believe me, there is more than enough material before us on which we will base our decision,” he said.