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.

VIRAL: MATAPOS UM-EXIT NINA LAVIÑA, YASAY, AT SUENO… GINA LOPEZ NEXT NA!

Ang balita ay si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez na ang kasunod na sisibakin ni Presidente Digong Duterte matapos mawala sa puwesto sina Peter Laviña (NFA), Perfecto Yasay (DFA), at Ismael Sueno (DILG).

Ang balita ay si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez na ang kasunod na sisibakin ni Presidente Digong Duterte matapos mawala sa puwesto sina Peter Laviña (NFA), Perfecto Yasay (DFA), at Ismael Sueno (DILG).

Ayon sa isang source mula sa Palasyo, indikasyon dito ang hindi na pagpapapunta ni Presidente Duterte kay Secretary Lopez sa mga meeting sa Malacanang (tulad ng nangyari kay Vice President Leni Robredo nang sipain ito sa HUDCC) buhat nang dumating ang kalihim mula sa pagbabakasyon sa US.

Ito ay dahil nabuking na daw ng mga intel officer ng Palasyo na malaking parte ng destabilization plot laban sa administrasyon ang ABS-CBN na pag-aaari ng mga Lopez bukod pa sa ginagamit ni Secretary Lopez ang kanyang puwesto para mapaboran ang mga negosyo ng kanilang pamilya (kabilang ang Balfour na nag-qu-quary sa tabi ng isang ilog sa Batangas at ang First Philippine Industrial Corp. na may kasalanan ng pagtagas ng langis sa isang condo sa Makati).

Sinabi ng source na nabatid din ng mga naturang intel officer – ito iyong mga tao na nag-imbestiga bago masibak sina Laviña at Sueno – na nakita ang kapatid ni Secretary Lopez na si Ernie – major player sa mga negosyo ng Lopez family – na kasama nito sa ibang bansa sina Senator Sonny Trillanes, dating Magdalo solon Ace Asedillo, at Magdalo Congressman Gary Alejano (na naghain sa Kamara ng impeachment complaint laban sa Pangulo) ilang linggo bago ihain ng mambabatas ang reklamo.

Idinagdag ng source na kung dati ay suportado ni Duterte ang kompirmasyon ni Secretary Lopez sa Commission on Appointments, ngayon daw ay hands-off na o wala nang pakialam ang Chief Executive ng bansa kung makokompirma o hindi sa CA ang kontrobersiyal na kalihim.

“Ma-confirm man or ma-reject si Gina sa May 3, isa lang ang sure, siya na ang susunod na e-exit!,” pagbibigay-diin ng source.

TRENDING: IBASURA MAN NG CA, DIGONG WALA NANG PAKI KAY GINA!

Hands-off na o wala nang pakialam si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte kung makokompirma o hindi sa Commission on Appointments (CA) ang kontrobersiyal na si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

Hands-off na o wala nang pakialam si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte kung makokompirma o hindi sa Commission on Appointments (CA) ang kontrobersiyal na si Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

Ito ang pagbubunyag ni Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III — ang tumatayong CA majority leader. Ani Congressman Albano, maliban sa mga publikong pahayag ng pagsuporta kay Lopez, hindi naman binabraso ng Pangulo silang mga miyembro ng komite.

“Wala, wala siyang (Duterte) bilin sa aming mga members ng House of Representatives contingent sa CA. Ganu’n din sa Senate panel. Marahil ay nirerespeto ni Presidente ang independence ng CA,” aniya.

Magdedesisyon ang CA sa kapalaran ni Secretary Lopez sa pamamagitan ng secret voting sa May 3 at naniniwala si Albano na napakaliit ng tyansa ng kalihim na makalusot.

“Natatawa na lang ako. Kaya ‘yan secret voting ay ayaw magpabuking ng mga CA members na kanilang ibabasura si Gina,” ayon sa isang source sa loob ng CA na ayaw magpakilala dahil sa sensitibo ang isyu.

Kung dati ay suportado ni Duterte ang kompirmasyon ni Lopez sa CA at pati na ang desisyon nito na ipasara ang hindi bababa sa 20 minahan sa bansa, ngayon ay nanlalamig na rito ang Pangulo.

Ang sinasabing dahilan ng pagbitaw ni Duterte kay Lopez ay pagkabuking na parte ng destabilization plot ng “Oligarkiyang Dilawan” ang ABS-CBN (ng Lopez family) na kanyang pinagmumura ilang araw na ang nakalilipas dahil sa hindi patas na pagbabalita.

EXPOSED: CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND THE HEIGHT OF ARROGANCE

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: 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.

TRENDING: TOP 5 GINA LOPEZ BLUNDERS BEFORE THE CA



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: I LIED!!! : 5 TOP GINA LOPEZ LIES

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.

TRENDING: 5 WAYS GINA LOPEZ SABOTAGED THE ECONOMY

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.

TRENDING: SUPORTA KAY GINA LOPEZ, PABAWAS NA NG PABAWAS!

“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.

TRENDING: CA MEMBERS, HINILO NI GINA

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!

VIRAL: HIGH 5! – 5 TIMES GINA LOPEZ WAS A SPOILED BRAT

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.

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.