Gina Lopez Rejected as Environment Secretary

The Commission on Appointments rejected Gina Lopez’ nomination as Environment secretary. This is the second straight rejection of a President Rodrigo Duterte-appointee; Perfecto Yasay was earlier thumbed down after he lied about his citizenship. No word yet on Lopez’ replacement, though the name of a former local government official from Mindanao, Mark Tolentino, has been floated even before Lopez was rejected. Tolentino’s lack of…

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