Maraming namamatay sa maling akala. Maliit na butas, lumalaki. Konting gusot, dumadami. Di na maibabaon sa limot at bahala, kapag nabulag ka sa maling akala.

  1. Maliit na kontribusyon lang ang naibibigay ng mining sa GDP – nasa P70 bilyon lang kada taon sa gross value added (GVA). Mali. Nasa P85 bilyon kada taon ang Mining GVA – average ito mula 2010 hanggang 2016.
  2. Maliit lang ang buwis na ibinabayad ng mining industry at halos wala rin naman dahil nasa P3 bilyon lang ito kada taon. Mali. Aabot sa P23 bilyon kada taon ang total taxes, fees, at royalties ang ibinabayad ng large-scale mining. Iyong sinasabing P3 bilyon ay para lang sa excise tax collections ng BIR.
  3. Maliit lang ang ambag ng mining sa trabaho – nasa 100,000 manggagawa lang. Mali. Mula sa opisyal na datos, nasa 240,000 trabaho ang ambag ng mining sector.
  4. Dapat nang itigil ang mga aktibidad ng pagmimina dahil kakaunti lang ang mga benepisyo rito habang nawawasak naman ang kalikasan. Mali. Maliban sa national income and consumption taxes (corporate income tax, VAT, excise tax, documentary stamp tax), royalties, at regulatory fees, mayroon ding mandatory contributions at community expenditures na pinagkakagastusan ang isang mining company.
  5. Ang Open pit mining ay sobrang nakasisira ng kapaligiran at dapat na i-ban saan man. Mali. Mukha lang itong sobrang nakasisira ng kapaligiran sa mining stage. Subalit pagkatapos nang mamina ang mga mineral, ang lugar ay ibabalik sa dati sa pamamagitan ng pagtatambak dito ng lupa at pagtatanim ng puno. Ginagawa ito ng Rio Tuba Nickel Mining sa southern Palawan at ng iba pang kompanya.
  6. Ang pagpapasara ng maraming minahan ay nangangahulugan ng better investment environment dahil ang bansa ay nagiging mas green. Mali. Ang pagsuspinde at pagpapasara ni Environment Secretary Gina Lopez sa maraming minahan ay nagbibigay ng mga negatibong senyales sa mga investor. Mas lumaki rin ang agam-agam sa sektor dahil nadagdagan pa ito ng mga bagong regulasyon na may katumbas na bayarin at limitado lang ang oras para magawa.
  7. Ang mining ay napakawalang kuwenta at sobrang nakasisira ng kalikasan kung kaya dapat na wala tayo nito. Mali. Kung walang mining, walang modernong buhay. Walang mga kotse, bus, eroplano, building, kuryente, at maging pako, martilyo, hammer, at malaking kutsilyo para makapagtayo ng kubo o barong-barong.


As the ultimate proof of graft against Gina Lopez, we present to you this Memo exempting quarry of aggregates for cement and other construction materials.

As the ultimate proof of graft against Gina Lopez, we present to you this Memorandum exempting quarry of aggregates for cement and other construction materials from the harsh screening and illogical approval process for mining permits that she herself has established as soon as she sat as DENR Secretary.

If you are unfamiliar with the Lopezes other business interests, there is First Balfour, a Lopez-owned company that is in the mining business. It operates on a watershed on Batangas. It is also waiting for its MPSA.

Now Gina Lopez has effectively approved and practically signed First Balfour’s permit to operate within a watershed with this memorandum.

Somebody call the Ombudsman.

REPOST: Much ado about Henry: Gina Lopez pulls all stops to help French friend

Philippine Star columnist Alex Magno on (March 14) detailed the efforts Lopez exerted to help EcoGlobal Inc. clinch a power contract in Zamboanga City.

Originally posted in Politiko.

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s doggedness in going after mining firms can only be matched perhaps by her resolve to helping a French company win a $100-million contract despite the shady background of one of its top officials.

Philippine Star columnist Alex Magno on Tuesday (March 14) detailed the efforts Lopez exerted to help EcoGlobal Inc. (EI) clinch a power contract in Zamboanga City.

Magno said Lopez “constantly badgered” DOE renewable energy director Mario Marasigan to grant EI the power supply contract without informing Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Lopez was determined to help EI even if its president, Jean-Philippe Henry, faces several criminal charges.

Among the cases filed against Henry was a falsification complaint by businesswoman Mercedes Zobel, who claimed her signature was forged in EI’s documents to make it appear it is 60 percent Filipino-owned.

Despite helping establish EcoGlobal Foundation Inc (EFI) to build a bamboo waste water treatment facility for the Urdaneta City University, Henry was ousted by the Filipino trustees after discovering he was withdrawing huge amounts the grant for his own use.

The Filipino trustees of EFI have filed a qualified theft charge against Henry before the National Bureau of Investigation.

According to Magno, Henry’s ouster did not sit well with Lopez, who wrote EFI to express her displeasure over the decision.

A day before the service contract was awarded to EI, Lopez and five other DENR officials left for an all-expense paid trip to France.

The bill for the trip was footed by EI, with Henry’s assurance.

REPOST: Si Gina ang may sala! Koko says Lopez might be reason for mining firms’ support for destab plot

“Maybe (it could be related to Lopez). Pres. Duterte, having appointed her, so (it’s a) one shot,” Pimentel said when asked on the tension.

Originally posted in Politiko.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III does not discount the possibility of the issue on Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Gina Lopez being triggering mining companies to allegedly fund a plan to destabilize the Duterte administration.

“Maybe (it could be related to Lopez). Pres. Duterte, having appointed her, so (it’s a) one shot,” Pimentel said when asked on the tension between some mining firms and Lopez.

Lopez’ appointment to the said department proved to be highly controversial as various sectors, including some members of the mining industry, have filed an opposition to her confirmation.

Her confirmation has been deemed “bypassed” by the Commission on Appointments (CA) as the bicameral appointments body failed to come up with a position whether to approve or reject her designation before the two Houses of Congress goes on a Holy Week recess beginning this week.

Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, chair of the CA environment committee, said he expects Pres. Duterte to re-appoint Lopez considering the pronouncements of the Chief Executive who said that he’s willing to let go of P70 billion in government earnings from the mining sector so long as Lopez will remain as his DENR secretary.

Pacquiao admitted that Lopez has 50-50 chance of securing the nod of the CA members.


Gina Lopez is also known as Ms. Alternate Facts. She doesn’t follow the law, because she has her own appreciation to it, manoeuvring it to her own interest.

  1. “They’re not all proclaimed watersheds, but a watershed is a watershed is a watershed.”As DENR Secretary with the power to execute orders that can affect an entire industry and the loss of jobs for countless Filipinos, it is incumbent upon the Secretary to be clear about what the law says. Something Gina Lopez clearly is not an expert at, nor does she care.
  2. “I’m really not a technical person at all.”

When asked to define what an MPSA is, Gina Lopez answered with the above quote, adding that “she’d fail if the CA questions her on technicals. There you go.
  3. “Balfour has not commenced.”Opposer and geologist Caloy Arcilla syas before the CA that First Balfour, a Lopez-owned company, is operating near a watershed. Gina Lopez denied this. Arcilla points out to the committee that it says otherwise on First Balfour’s website.

Shortly after Arcilla’s testimony, the portion about the quarrying near a wathershed was taken down from First Balfour’s website.
  4. “CARAGA is the poorest region in the country.”

Gina Lopez was making this argument to close down mines, citing that despitd the presencd of mining the region is still the poorest in Mindanao.

 Only CARAGA is not the poorest in the region. It’s not even in the top 20 poorest provinces in the country according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, as pointed out by Senator Migz Zubiri during the CA hearing.
  5. “I’ll be flying to the US.”

Lopez asked the CA to move the next hearing to May 8 as she will be flying to the United States this March for a spiritual retreat. In short, a vacation. “You should prioritize the CA,” Senator Franklin Drilon told her.

 She will still fly out, prompting Senator Manny Pacquiao to tell media that Gina Lopez’s appointment will likely be bypassed. 

Ikaw na ate.


You would think that that would be a crucial requirement for the position. And since she is not knowledgable, she does what she does best: she lies.

In her recent appearance before the Committee on Appointments, Gina Lopez admits that she is not knowledgable on the technical aspects of mining. You would think that that would be a crucial requirement for the position. And since she is not knowledgable, she does what she does best: she lies.

Here are some of them:

  1. She claims that there were 17,000 supporters who trooped to the Senate in support of her hearing before the CA. The actual number was just 3000.
  2. She held a press conference on alleged violations of mining companies on an audit conducted by the MGB. It turned out she did not like the audit reports, so she cooked up some imaginary violations just so she can close these firms down.
  3. 3. She claims that underground mining causes earthquakes. Scientists debunked this claim. Where she got that idea, we haven’t a clue.
  4. In a symposium, Gina Lopez claimed Manny Pangilinan said that places where mining took place were ugly to begin with. MVP counters that he never said such a thing. This prompted MVP to call Lopez a liar to her face.
  5. Probably sensing that she will not be confirmed by the CA, she claimed CA members were being bribed P50 M each by mining stakeholders. She later retracted when asked by media for proof.


Her reckless actions has made our economy very unstable. No wonder that her own family, doesn’t let her handle CRITICAL position in their business empire.

  1. No thanks to her irrational hatred of mining that has seen her canceling MPSA’s issued by the government, she has tarnished the country’s reputation in doing business and honoring contracts and agreements.
  2. An enormous amount of investment by multinational companies are at risk because of these cancelled contracts. Remember PIATCO? Well this is 100 times that scandal. She exposes the country on possible international arbitrations that will cost the government billions of pesos in legal fees.
  3. On the day she announced that she will head the DENR, mining stocks fell by 4 percent despite a healthy trading day for the Philippine Stock Exchange. Now, Lopez’s irresponsible announcements causes the whole stock market to plunge.
  4. With the stock market crashing, insider trading runs rampant. It is now being looked at and investigated.
  5. The saddest outcome of all these? 1.2 M workers will lose their jobs.


“Kung ang nakikita natin magaling siya mag-handle ng issue sa mining, ang DENR, hindi naman ‘yan Department of Mining lang,” pasaring ni Chan.

34 NGOs at POs sa Palawan kinalasan si Gina BUMITAW na sa pagsuporta sa confirmation ni Gina Lopez bilang full-pledged Secretary ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang 34 non-government (NGO) at people’s organizations (PO) sa Palawan na bumubuo sa network ng Palawan NGO Network Incorporated (PNNI), ayon kay Atty. Robert Chan – ang Executive Director ng PNNI.

Ayon kay Chan, nagdesisyon ang mga NGO at PO na kalasan si Secretary Lopez dahil sa desisyon nito na makipag- Memorandum of Agreement sa pamahalaan ng probinsiya na i-co-manage ang ilang lugar sa Palawan.

Ang co-management agreement – na pinasok ni Secretary Lopez –ay sumasakop sa halos 731,710 ektarya ng forest lands, protected areas, mangrove forest, at coastal areas, at halos 9,800 square-kilometers ng coral reefs, ay tinututulan ng PNNI ni Chan at ng iba pang mga NGO sa Palawan dahil ito raw ay walang scientific basis at naetsa-puwera rin ang mga ito sa public consultation.

“’Yung mga kaalyado ni Sec. Gina ay kumuha ng endorsement ng Palawan NGO Network Inc. Ang hinihingi nilang suporta para sa kumpirmasyon ni Secretary Gina Lopez ay hindi namin maibigay dahil sa MOA na ito. Napakalaki ng kanyang isinugal sa MOA na ito,” ani Chan.

Sinabi ni Chan na ang kanilang organisasyon ay nagkasundo na bawiin ang kanilang pagsuporta kay Secretary Lopez sa isinagawa nilang Board at General Assembly meeting kamakailan at kanila ring sinulatan ang kalihim nitonh February 27 para hilingin dito na balewalain ang pinasok na kasunduan.

“Hangga’t hindi niya nakikita ang kahalagahan ng kanyang pagkapirma, mananatili kaming matigas na hindi dapat magbigay ng suporta sa isang tao na ipinagkanulo niya ang halos kalahati ng kalupaan ng Palawan sa isang tao na ang utak ay gamitin ang likas-yaman at hindi ‘yung protektahin,” pagbibigay-diin ni Chan.

Idinagdag pa pinuno ng PNNI na hindi lang dapat ang pagiging anti-mining crusader ang ginagawa ni Secretary Lopez sa DENR dahil isang parte lang ito ng trabaho ng isang DENR chief. Ayon kay Chan, may iba pang mga sektor ng kalikasan ang dapat na isaalang-alang tulad ng forestry at fishery, at pati na rin ang usapin sa climate change.

“Kung ang nakikita natin magaling siya mag-handle ng issue sa mining, ang DENR, hindi naman ‘yan Department of Mining lang,” pasaring ni Chan.

“Kung wala kang madidinig, puro mining lang. Kailangang pag-aralan mo ano ba ang basehan ng pagiging magaling niya sa larangan ng DENR kung ang larangan na natutukan niya ay ‘yun lang sa mining?” tanong ni Chan kasabay ng kanyang paghahamon sa mga Palaweño na kanilang suriin kung may nagawa ba si Secretary Lopez para sa mga sektor ng forestry at fishery sa probinsiya.


Hindi namin lubos na maunawaan ang kanyang sagot sa tanong na “what’s the definition of a watershed?” Iba ka talaga, Madam Gina!

Ang akala namin ay lag lang ang Internet habang pinapanood sa FB ang confirmation hearing ng Commission on Appointments (CA) sa pagtatalaga kay Gina Lopez bilang Environment Secretary dahil hindi namin maunawaan ang kanyang sagot sa tanong na “what’s the definition of a watershed?”

Ang nakakalokang sagot ni Gina: “A watershed is a watershed because it functions as a watershed…” Sino ba naman ang hindi mahihilo sa sagot na ito?

Bago ito, tinesting ng CA member na si Senator Panfilo Lacson ang competence ni Gina nang tanungin ng senador ang kalihim tungkol sa proseso ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa pag-apruba o di-pag-apruba sa mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) pero ang kanyang naging sagot dito: “It’s a mining contract between government and the mining company. I’m really not a technical person at all, but that’s why I have people who I trust.”

Ganoon?! Iaasa na lang ni Gina sa mga consultant at adviser niya sa DENR tulad ng palpak na si Leo Jasareno na pinagsimulan ng lahat ng kaguluhang ito sa industriya ng pagmimina.

Ang tanong ni Lacson ay isang standard na tanong na puwedeng manggaling sa sinumang mambabatas na miyembro ng CA dahil kanilang hinahanap ang kakayanan ng isang appointee sa tungkulin nito pero palakol ang naging sagot ni Gina sa pambuwenamano ng senador. Pero sa kabila ng palpak na sagot ni Gina ay nagawa niyang kanselahin nito lang Pebrero ang 75 MPSAs sa mga watershed sa buong bansa.

Kaya nang ihirit ni Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato ang tanong na “if it’s a contract, what is the basis for canceling or terminating this contract or agreement?” ay dito na lalong nagkagulo-gulo dahil gumunting lang si Gina nang pagkahaba-habang sagot mula sa Philippine Mining Act of 1995 na nagpanganga sa maraming CA members

Mabuti na lang ay kinulang na sa oras ang pagdinig dahil mahigit sa 20 ang oppositors ni Gina at saka naroon din ang kanyang mga kakamping dilawang senador tulad nina Franklin Drilon at Kiko Pangilingan dahil kung hindi ay tuluyan nang malulubog sa kumunoy ang Environment Secretary at goodbye na sa kanyang hunghang na krusada.

Kapansin-pansin din na sa kabila ng kagustuhan ng lahat ng CA member na tuldukan na ang isyu sa appointment ni Gina sa pamamagitan ng pagsasagawa ng sunud-sunod na pagdinig para bigyang-daan ang boses ng magkabilang panig (ang mga oppositor at supporter ni Gina), nagawa naman ng kalihim na mag-excuse. Meron daw siyang biyahe sa Europe.

Iba ka talaga, Madam Gina!


The plot thickens. EcoGlobal’s chief John-Philippe Henry is rumored to be Lopez’s lover. We wonder how Lopez’s dear friend Leo Jasareno feels about this.

Bratty DENR Secretary-designate Gina Lopez imposes herself on everyone in any situation that pleases her. She pressured the Department of Energy to fasttrack the permit of a solar farm owned by a French firm EcoGlobal. Without the knowledge of DOE Secretary Al Cusi.

What’s worse is that EcoGlobal flew Lopez and some of her staff to France, shouldering all the expenses, including hotel accommodation and travel allowances. And this is explicitly forbidden for government officials and is tantamount to committing an act of graft.

But the plot thickens. EcoGlobal’s chief John-Philippe Henry is rumored to be Lopez’s lover. It’s an established fact that Gina will do anything for her family and loved ones.

We wonder how Lopez’s dear friend Leo Jasareno feels about this.


Our dear aristobrat, Overacting Secretary Gina Lopez, is so demanding and entitled. Just watch her actions in the last CA Hearing and see if we’re lying.

  1. Her deeply biased views on mining has her closing firms and suspending mining operations, despite not having enough basis for such decisions. She completely disregards MGB’s audits because she wants to have her way and rid the country of mining.
  2. When the media pushes her for answers about the audit results, she threw a fit and chastised members of the media. She said the media should only report about her advocacy.
  3. She threw a tantrum when an oversight committee she agreed to forming (the Mineral Industry Coordinating Committee or MICC) set out to investigate her decisions to close mines. She claims this is illegal. The kicker? She drafted the Memorandum of Agreement of the MICC.
  4. She rescheduled her CA confirmation a number of times. She wants to reschedule a hearing because she is going out of the country for a retreat. Does she expect the senate, the committee that will decide on her appointment, to adjust for her?
  5. Used to getting what she wants, she bypassed DOE Secretary Al Cusi and pressured a DOE official to issue a permit for a French firm to build a solar farm in Zamboanga. EcoGlobal is a favored firm by Lopez because of her rumored relationship with its head, John-Philippe Henry. Aray ko bes.


May mga pahiwatig na hindi papasa si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez sa kanyang confirmation sa Commission on Appointments.

MAY mga pahiwatig na hindi papasa si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez sa kanyang confirmation sa Commission on Appointments.

Bukod sa lumalakas na pagtutol ng mga apektadong komunidad at sektor kaugnay ng pagpapasara ni Secretary Gina sa mahigit 20 minahan sa bansa, may mga pahayag sina Presidente Digong Duterte, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, at maging ang kontrobersiyal na kalihim mismo na nagbubunyag na hindi siya makokompirma.

Ayon kay Duterte, kahit nag-aalala siya sa pagkasira ng kalikasan, hindi naman siya ganap na makapamumuno kung ang kanyang mga kalihim ay may mga personal agenda tulad ng hunghang na krusada ni Secretary Gina laban sa pagmimina.

Bukod dito, kailangan ding maging solido ang lahat ng mga miyembro ng Gabinete ng Pangulo para maisulong tungo sa tagumpay ang mga economic agenda ng administrasyon.

Kung noong una ay seguradong-segurado si Secretary Gina na siya ay lulusot sa CA, ngayon ay tagilid na ang kanyang pakiramdam kung pagbabasehan ang kanyang pahayag na ito: ”I strongly feel that we should not have any individuals there with strong business leanings which will influence and affect the decisions. I’m not accusing anyone. I’m just saying as a matter of policy. That’s the way it should be”.

Bakit siya defensive? Batid kasi ni Secretary Gina ang magiging boto ng mga mambabatas mula sa Kamara at Senado na nakaupo sa CA at kabilang na rin sa factor ang naging re-organization sa Senado nito lang.

Sinabi naman ni Finance Secretary Dominguez – na hiningi ang pag-review sa naging findings ni Secretary Gina na – na magpapatuloy ang pag-reassess sa naturang findings makapasa man o hindi ang kalihim sa makapangyarihang komite.

Ibig sabihin lamang nito ay lumilitaw na rin sa mga pag-uusap sa lebel ng Gabinete na maaari ngang hindi makompirma sa CA si Secretary Gina.

Tandaan na dahil sa naging desisyon ni Secretary Gina ipasara ang mahigit 50 porsiyento ng mga minahan sa bansa, tumaas ang presyo ng nickel sa world market, bumulusok ang mining shares Philippine Stock Exchange, at nagkaroon din ng lamat sa hanay ng mga miyembreo ng Gabinete dahil kailangan nilang solusyunan ang malaking danyos na ginawa ng Environment Secretary na may pinaglalabang ideolohiya kasabay ng pagprotekta sa mga negosyo ng Lopez family.