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Gina Lopez accepts DENR post

Environmental advocate Gina Lopez has already accepted the offer of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to become the new Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary.

“After much introspection, I have decided to accept it and let’s see what happens,” Lopez said right after talking to Duterte over the phone last night following her speech at an awarding ceremony for excellent schools in Quezon City.

“I just told him (Duterte) sir, I just wanted you to know that I thought about your proposal, yesterday and I’m greatly honored since it’s a controversial decision and I give you my firm commitment, I will do everything I can,” said Lopez, who received the offer from Duterte on Monday.

Lopez stood firm on her advocacy against mining saying “I don’t like mining, the foreigners and the rich are the only ones benefitting from it but the farmers and the fishermen suffer.” (Betheena Kae Unite)