Malacañang was “deeply concerned” on the Commission on Appointments’ (CA) rejection of Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez’s confirmation, an official said on Wednesday, May 3.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Lopez had “meaningful insights” on the environmental situation in the country.
“She’s part of the Cabinet and she has already been considered part of the Cabinet and she has contributed a lot of meaningful insights to the Philippine environmental situation and it is of course, it is with deep concern that the CA has seen fit to reject her appointment,” he said in a chance interview in Malacañang.
Abella said Lopez had “profound insight into the deep damage of the Philippine ecological system caused by the mining industry and came up with innovative solutions to the socio-economic conditions of the affected communities.”
He, however, recognized that it was a “democratic process” and that Malacanang respects the CA’s decision.
Now that Lopez’s appointment was rejected by the CA, Abella said, President Rodrigo Duterte would now start looking for her replacement.
“The President is attending to the possible replacement,” he said.
Lopez became controversial for her decision to close 23 mining firms and suspend 75 mining contracts.