Duterte to Commission on Appointments: Listen to Gina

News Philippines Mar 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm
President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Digressing from his prepared speech on Tuesday while addressing the agriculture stakeholders in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had a good case in her hands, and should be given credit.

“You just cannot ignore the cries of Gina Lopez. I know that we get something like P70 billion in taxes from mining. But you should also allow Gina to present her case,” Duterte said.

Duterte urged Congress and its members sitting in the Commission on Appointments to at least give Lopez the benefit of the doubt.

“I would like to ask Congress to, there up at the Commission on Appointments. Tingnan niyo lang mabuti, and she would show you how devastated the environment is,” Duterte said.

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