[Video] Lopez assures CA: I may be passionate, but I follow the law

  • DENR chief allayed CA’s fears she is an extremist
  • She explained while she may be passionate, she still follows the law
  • She also stressed her principles are non-negotiable

MANILA, Philippines – With the powerful Commission on Appointments set to decide her fate this Wednesday, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez sought to allay fears she was an extremist.

In her hearing before the CA members, Lopez explained that while she may be passionate about her advocacies, she still remains a law-abiding citizen.

“I wanna assure the Commission that I’m a law abiding citizen. I will never ever, ever, ever do anything in DENR, which is against the law. My temperament is just passionate but it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna break the law,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying.

Lopez also stressed that despite her openness to working with all sorts of groups, she will never sell out her principles.

“I’m a very out of the box person. I work with the NPA (New People’s Army), I work, I work with the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), I work with the mining companies so I’m very out if the box so I can do anything and everything but my non-negotiable commitment is to our people and the principles of integrity. I’m never gonna budge there because something in me will die,” she said.

“I can work with everyone and everyone but my non-negotiable commitment is to integrity. I will never sacrifice my principle so I don’t know if you call that extreme?” Lopez added.

The controversial environment chief’s appointment is set to be voted upon by the CA amid powerful lobbying from the mining industry which has accused Lopez of skirting due process in her closure orders of several mines.