Alan Cayetano on Gina Lopez' rejection as DENR Chief: I will always decide on what is right and not what is popular

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano broke his silence about his stand on the rejection of Gina Lopez as Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary pointing out she accused the senator for receiving campaign funds from one of the biggest mining firms owned by the Zamora.

In an interview with GMA News To Go last Thursday, Lopez accused Cayetano he received campaign funds from a mining company pinning down the senator that it was his reason why he had an opposing vote against her.

Sen. Cayetano who is currently in Geneva for the Human Rights Universal Periodic Review gave his statement through his social media account on Facebook.

The senator emphasized he wasn't surprise of Lopez' fall from the cabinet post for he believes he already gave her a chance to prove herself.

"I want to clarify that I gave Ms. Lopez enough chances to dispel fears that she would not observe the legal process in regulating the mining industry. I supported her in closing down mining sites that were not compliant with the highest standards. Moreover, illegal mining and logging continue to proliferate,while other sectors that need both strict regulation continue to destroy the environment," said Cayetano.

The senator on the other hand stressed Gina failed to understand the Constitutional powers reserved exclusively for congress that she went ove the borderline. She didn't comply with th institutional process.

"I respect Ms. Lopez's passion as an advocate for the environment, but she fails to understand that she cannot arrogate unto herself Constitutional powers reserved exclusively for Congress."

Cayetano believes that all public servants want to alleviate people from poverty, however one should not go across the board just to make it happen.

He wishes the President that he will appoint another secretary with Gina Lopez' mindset but a more faithful to the mandate and follows due processes.

"I hope that the President will appoint another Ms. Lopez with the same zeal, yet still mindful of the requisite that one must be faithful to the mandate and dictates of our laws and processes."

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