Pacquaio on Lopez’s nominee rejection: "I truly admire your passion and love for the environment"
Senator Manny Pacquiao sat as the Chairman of Committee on the ad-interim appointment of Ms. Gina Lopez as Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and duly expressed his “sadness” on having majority of the Commission on Appointments (CA) vote against Lopez.
“To my mind, this is not only Gina’s fight for the environment but a fight between Filipinos vs. Filipinos who both need the Environment, one group to use it, and the other to preserve it,” Pacquaio said in his statement.
He emphasized that since he is the committee chairman, he must hear all parties involved make their claims and forward their concerns.
The hearing on Lopez’s case was, as Pacquaio claimed, “the longest, dramatic and most watched by all Filipinos from all walks of life, both rich and the poor.”
Pazquiao also mentioned having worked with Lopez before back when they were not yet involved in politics and government.
In his full statement on Facebook, Pacquaio said,
"Senator Manny Pacquiao speech on Sec. Gina Lopez ad-interim appointment as DENR Secretary:
Good afternoon Distinguished Members of the Commission On Appointments, Ladies and Gentlemen.
The deliberation of the Ad-Interim Appointment of Ms. Gina Lopez as Secretary of the DENR was perhaps the longest, dramatic and most watched by all Filipinos from all walks of life, both rich and the poor.
To my mind, this is not only Gina’s fight for the environment but a fight between Filipinos vs. Filipinos who both need the Environment, one group to use it, and the other to preserve it.
Gina’s uphill climb to reach her Goal, as DENR Secretary was a tall call decisions that perhaps the Wisdom of Solomon must be sought.
As Chairman of this Committee, I have to hear the both sides, one of Gina’s and the other of her oppositors’.
At kayo po ang saksi na lubhang mahirap ang katayuan nating lahat sa pag dedisisyon ng Issue sa appointment ni Madam Gina Lopez. Lahat ay nailatag, lahat ay nasagot. Pinagbigyan natin ng kanya-kanyang oras ang lahat ng stakeholders upang marinig ang kanilang panig.
To Gina, I truly admire your passion and love for the environment. Your dreams to make the brown fields turn into green again. The water to be clean, and clean fresh air to surround our land. I remember, I was your partner in preserving the environment way back, wala pa tayo noon sa politics at gobyerno. At dama ko ang iyong malasakit sa kalikasan.
Then President Duterte appointed you as DENR Secretary and with your pronouncement na paulit-ulit na ikaw ay ZERO PERCENT corruption tolerance, I told myself, you would really make a difference.
But today, the Commission has voted and has met the required 13 votes.
With sadness in my heart, this Committee, through this Plenary, is terminating its deliberation on Gina Lopez’ appointment, Not in the way I personally wanted to, but by the decision of the majority which I am sorry, but we must all respect.
To you, Gina Lopez my supposed DENR Secretary, I salute you.
Take this turmoil in your life today as a Challenge to strive for more. The DENR post, with a great caliber as you are, is not the end of your career but only the beginning. As one chinese proverb said, “ONE STEP BACKWARD, TWO STEPS FORWARD.”
I believe in my heart that no matter how several big people may be against Gina, she will always stand on what she believes is morally and environmentally right and righteous, she remains unperturbed, she remains REGINA PAZ LAO- LOPEZ , the woman
with a gold mine of heart.
Hindi ito ang iyong katapusan, ito ay simula pa lamang ng bagong kabanata ng laban ng isang matapang, tapat at may prinsipyong babae, si GINA LOPEZ.
I move for the body to adopt the said resolution, I so move Mr. President."
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