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Six weeks to study key issues at DENR

THE Commission on Appointments (CA), along with the Senate and the House of Representatives, went on recess last Wednesday for the traditional observance of Holy Week. It will next meet on May 3. The six-week period should give everyone concerned sufficient time to consider the various ramifications that have come up in connection with the CA hearings on Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The fate of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Paz “Gina’’ La’o Lopez at the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) hangs in the balance.

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Senate President Koko Pimentel yesterday defended the expulsion of four Liberal Party senators and one LP ally from the dominant, pro-Duterte administration bloc, saying clear lines have been drawn to allow the majority bloc achieve its legislative agenda.

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Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV yesterday accused President Duterte of being the brains behind the continued killing of suspected drug pushers or criminals from the time he was the Davao City Mayor from 1988 to 2013 and to the first four months of his six-year term as Philippine President.

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Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said yesterday it is the call of embattled Sen. Leila de Lima whether to resign or take a leave of absence or not as witnesses appearing before the House of Representatives have testified that they have given her drugs-tainted millions of pesos for her senatorial bid in the May 2016 national elections.

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