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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.

FILIPINOS will identify with two recent reports on developments in the United States, one on President Donald Trump’s appointment of an environment official who does not believe there is global warming, the other on the growing opposition to Trump’s second executive order banning travelers from six Muslim countries and tightening the country’s immigration program.

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Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is facing a graft charge before the Ombudsman for allegedly asking the Department of Energy to give the $100-million power plant service contract to a private company, EcoGlobal Inc., in Zamboanga City.

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Love for nature

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People who have a love for nature should be admired and supported, especially if they are willing to fight if needed to express their passion for the environment.

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THERE was talk long ago of allegedly, a former president who owns/has an interest in a mining company? Of former presidents and cabinet members who had a lucrative racket on mining firms similar the days when ‘logging concessions’ were in its hay-days? Such large amounts of potential money processed before the desk of Palace boys, will surely attract transactional approval, depending on percentages changing hands the way a fly will navigate towards the stench of corruption.

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IN the middle of the ongoing dispute over the closure of 23 mines and the cancellation of 75 mining permits by Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), the oldest business organization in the country, has come up with a proposal that merits the closest government attention.

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