Duterte Reappoints Lopez as Environment Secretary

President Rodrigo Duterte, as expected, reappointed Gina Lopez as environment secretary after the Commission on Appointments (CA) bypassed her a third time last March. It’s not yet clear if the CA would finally have to vote on her confirmation when it reconvenes given its new rule on bypassed nominees. Some members have opined that rules cannot be applied retroactively, meaning Lopez’ previous bypasses would not…

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