Philippines: The Rejection of Gina Lopez for DENR is a Rejection of Change:

The Rejection of Gina is a Rejection of Change:

Greenpeace Statement on the Commission on Appointment’s rejection of Regina Lopez as DENR Secretary

On May 3, 2017, a day after the third confirmation hearing of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, the Commission on Appointments voted to reject Lopez for the environment agency post.

In reaction, Yeb Saño, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said:

“The rejection of Gina Lopez is a rejection of change. Her rejection as DENR Secretary by the Commission on Appointments is very disappointing and worrying, and shows how destructive industries continue to hold Philippine lawmakers by their necks.

“We were made to believe, through her appointment last year, that reforms, environmental protection, and social justice a