Sen. Cayetano Releases Official Statement on Rejecting Lopez Denies Getting Funds from Mining Firms


Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who is currently in Geneva Switzerland defending the Philippines "War on Drugs" in front of the United Nations (UN), released an official statement on the reasons why he rejected the appointment of Sec. Gina Lopez and he also denied getting funds from mining firms.



The Senator join the delegation headed by Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra to defend the Philippines' drug war before the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will examine the country's human rights record on May 8.

The Philippine delegation seeks to debunk reports by some local and international media and human rights groups that an estimated 7,000 people were killed in the government's crackdown on drugs.

According to Sen. Cayetano on his decision to reject the appointment of Sec. Gina Lopez, he will always decide on what is right and not what is popular and noted that he is not surprised to see so much support and so much opposition to the voting of the C.A.


The Senator thanked also those who are open minded and asked him why and expected that Sec. Gina and her group will go so low to as to cast aspersions on why he voted the way he did and even accused him of being in the pockets of the mining industry.

Here's the Complete Official Statement of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano:

Good evening everyone! Greetings from Geneva. 

I will always decide on what is right and not what is popular. 

I'm not surprised to see so much support and so much opposition to the voting of the C.A. re DENR Secretary Nominee Gina Lopez. I thank those who are open minded and asking why? I'm not surprised that Sec.Gina and her group will go so low as to cast aspersions on why I voted the way I did and even accuse me of being in the pockets of the mining industry.

Since the 2007 campaign my stand on responsible mining and the strictest,highest standards for industries that affect the environment has been consistent.

At the time of the voting, I felt that for me to explain my vote at that time would be like rubbing salt in a wound, because I would have to enumerate all the reasons why she is not fit to be DENR secretary. I felt it would be cruel to reject then put her down. 

Yet she now singles me out when a vast majority of the CA voted to reject (after giving her a year to prove herself) her appointment.

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.

Unfortunately, the Secretary was adamant in defending her illegal actions. If she had carried on with her mindset, it would have embarrassed the Duterte Administration sooner or later. She would have placed the administration in a predicament that would be hard to defend. 

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. 

Many officials have invoked good intentions when they violated our anti-graft and corruption laws, and President Rodrigo Duterte was left with no choice but to terminate them. Ms. Lopez's recent acts already bordered along these lines. Going by her unwillingness to comply with institutional processes, she is not fit to head the DENR. She would have embarrassed the President in no time. 

We are all for alleviating poverty and the strict enforcement of our laws, but we cannot and should not do so by being whimsical in imposing regulations that violate Constitutional 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.

Source: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano FB Page
 

Sen. Cayetano Releases Official Statement on Rejecting Lopez Denies Getting Funds from Mining Firms Sen. Cayetano Releases Official Statement on Rejecting Lopez Denies Getting Funds from Mining Firms Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 5/05/2017 Rating: 5

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