Only two out of twenty three oppositors were heard on Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s confirmation hearing on Commission on Appointments (CA) against her nomination for her strong stance against mining in the country today, March 8, 2017.
CA has suspended until this coming Thursday the confirmation hearing.
According to Senator Manny Pacquiao, chair of the CA Committee on Foreign Affairs, explained that the bicameral appointments will unlikely vote Lopez’s nomination for this week.
As the Congress goes on a break on March 18, her appointment will be considered as bypassed if CA did not give her the approval for her nomination.
On the other hand, Lopez will leave for US on Friday.
23 sworn oppositions were filed against Lopez’s confirmation of the ad interim appointment.
At least 23 sworn oppositions have been filed against the confirmation of the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. A notice from CA committee on environment and natural resources dated March 6 lists the 23 oppositors against Lopez.
Furthermore, 12 oppositions were submitted against the Lopez’s closure order of mining companies in the country.
Within the last month, the Secretary ordered closure for 23 mining companies and suspension to five others after a months-long audit. She even cancelled 75 mining contracts.
Currently, Pacquiao stands as the CA environment committee chair. Though he reiterated that he may be in favor of Lopez but the decision is not totally up to him.
“Sumakit na nga ulo ko sa dami ng oppositors na naka-abang and then siyempre as chairman, papakinggan natin yung panig nila and yung ibang members, hindi natin mapipigil sila kung ayaw nila,” Pacquiao stated.