Gina Lopez, the outgoing Environmental Secretary said last Thursday that she was willing to serve as an assistant of President Rodrigo Duterte, but not in public office.
The Commission on Appointments rejected Lopez’s nomination for reappointment as the Environmental Secretary last May 3, 2017.
In an interview, Lopez said that only Duterte had the guts to fight business interests in the environment department.
“Iyan ang gusto ko! You can’t protect our natural resources if you don’t have some kind of tapang and integridad na hindi ka pwedeng mabili,”
Secretary Lopez ordered the closing and suspension of 28 mines during her 10-mont term, and she threatened to cancel 75 more contracts, as well as banning new mines to be opened.
When asked if she was willing to run for Senator or for any public office, she replied:
“I don’t think so. Lawyering and laws is not my cup of tea. I’ll get totally bored.”
Lopez stated that the reason why her appointment was rejected was because of the “business interests” of the lawmakers, also making mention that the primary critics of her appointment were all supported by several mining firms.
Despite the commotion, Lopez acknowledges the support that she receives from netizens.