EXPOSED: GINA LOPEZ, TSUPI NA! LOPEZ FAMILY, MAY MINING INTEREST KAYA UPAK NANG UPAK ANG ABS-CBN VS MINING COMPANIES

Isang senyal na ibabasura ng Commission on Appointments (CA) sa May 3 ang confirmation ni Sec. Gina Lopez ang binitiwang pahayag ni Pangulong Digong Duterte sa Bahrain laban sa ABS-CBN — ang media company na pag-aari ng Lopez family na kinabibilangan ng kontrobersiyal na kalihim.

Isang senyal na ibabasura ng Commission on Appointments (CA) sa May 3 ang confirmation ni Sec. Gina Lopez ang binitiwang pahayag ni Pangulong Digong Duterte sa Bahrain laban sa ABS-CBN — ang media company na pag-aari ng Lopez family na kinabibilangan ng kontrobersiyal na kalihim.

Ayon kay Presidente Duterte, inaatake nang todo ng ABS-CBN ang mga karibal na mining company para makinabang nang husto ang mga Lopez sa kanilang negosyo sa pagmimina.

Paliwanag ng Pangulo, klaro na may conflict of interest sa parte ng ABS-CBN dahil nagbabalita ito kontra mga mining company habang hindi naman nito inaamin na may business interest pala sa mining ang pamilyang kinabibilangan ni Sec. Lopez.

“Ang ABS-CBN, may mining. May mining sila, may subsidiary sila. Kita mo, kunwaring bibira dito, sisirain pala. Buti na lang hindi ako naunahan sa kanya o,” ani Duterte sa kanyang talumpati sa harap ng mga overseas Filipino workers sa Bahrain.

Pinatutunayan lamang ng pagbubuking na ito ng Chief Executive ng bansa ang ginawang pagbubunyag ni University of the Philippines geologist Dr. Carlo Arcilla sa isang confirmation hearing ni Sec. Lopez sa CA noong March.

“Ang pamilya po ni Sec. Gina — ang Lopez family — ang nagmamay-ari ng First Balfour na may open-pit sa isang watershed area sa Lobo, Batangas. Idine-deny pa ito ng First Balfour noong una pero buking na po natin sila,” ani Prof. Arcilla base sa records ng committee.

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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.

VIRAL: Vilifying the Mining Industry and why we need to listen MORE to Scientists

Some quarters are painting this as good vs evil. Why is mining evil? If we are to believe the misinformed, we could say it is anti-poor and anti-environment.

In this corner, we have Gina Lopez, NGOs, environmentalists, some religious personalities and Winnie Monsod. Oh, and the whole Lopez clan.

In that corner, we have the mining companies, its stakeholders, geologists and scientists.

Some quarters are painting this as good vs evil. Why is mining evil? If we are to believe the misinformed, we could say that it is anti-poor and anti-environment; it destroys the earth and… well, I don’t know how it is anti-poor.

Most people still believe that mining renders the soil and the water surrounding the sites uninhabitable and non-arable. It is not mining. It’s the minerals. Heavy metals make agriculture impossible. If surrounded by water, these metals prevent fisheries to prosper because the water will be uninhabitable.

So-called pundits also argue that the country benefits from the measly less than 1 percent contribution of mining to its coffers. Mining is only present in MIMAROPA and CARAGA regions. That is less than 2 pecent of the country. Context is important, as any writer or journalist worth their salt would know. What these pundits fail to account for is that mining impacts the income and employment of people wherever it is present–people who would otherwise not have jobs, let alone the income, as agriculture and fisheries are impossible in their area.

In this battle if perceptions, cold, hard facts and data are needed. The beauty of science is that it is always true regardless of how others may try and discredit it. While this post may not reach as many as Winnie Monsod’s, the facts and data will still hold true regardless.

Somebody please feature more scientists like geologist Dr. Caloy Arcilla. For unlike other so-called experts, they actually know what they are talking about.

VIRAL: RENOWNED UP PROF AND GEOLOGIST DEBUNKS GINA LOPEZ’S CLAIMS ON MINING

DENR insiders have been informing Dr. Arcilla of Lopez’s stubborn disregard for technical reports simply because no violations were found by auditors.

Respected geologist and UP Professor Caloy Arcilla debunks DENR Secretary Gina Lopez’s claims on the ill-effects of mining.

In a series of posts on his Facebook page, Arcilla says that DENR insiders have been informing him of Lopez’s stubborn disregard for technical reports simply because no violations were found by auditors. Insiders add that Lopez would rather believe NGO’s claims despite the fact that these biased groups have no technical and scientific background on mining.

Arcilla also argued against Lopez’s claims that ecotourism would bring about twice the income from mining. “The figures (show) that mining has more than twice the income from tourism,” says Arcilla. “In fact, the one tourism project that Secretary Lopez tried in the south Sabsaban Falls failed miserably. Before you close the mines, please make sure you have the income you promise NOW.”