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Umapela si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Commission on Appointments (CA) na pakinggan ang panig ni Environment Secretary Gina Lopez bago pagpasyahan ang kumpirmasyon ng appointment nito.
“You know you just cannot ignore also the cries of Gina Lopez I know that we get something like P70 billion in taxes sa mining. But you should also allow Gina to present her case and I would like to ask Congress perhaps the Commission on Appointments tingnan nilang mabuti and she would show you how devastated the environment is,” ani Pangulong Duterte sa dinaluhang aktibidad sa Malacañang kahapon.
Nakatakdang dinggin ng CA ngayong araw ang appointment confirmation ni Lopez.
Binanggit din ni Pangulong Duterte na posibleng maharap sa krisis ang Pilipinas kapag pinayagan ang pagmimina sa bansa nang walang renda.
“We cannot be allowing diggings forever in every nook and mountain ranges it would spell disaster,” punto ng Pangulo.
Dagdag pa nito, “Now I want my country to earn so I’m not saying that I am against mining per se, that I’m against big mining far from that actually I know that we need the dollars but somehow we have to look at the other way and a different perspective pero tingnan ninyo she has a good case…Gina and hopefully we can strike a…compromise there…but more I think on the side of protecting the public interest that is how I look at it.”