Malacañang mourns the death of ‘most passionate’ Cabinet member Gina Lopez

Malacañang mourns the death of ‘most passionate’ Cabinet member Gina Lopez

- Malacañang laments over the passing of Gina Lopez

- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Lopez was the “most passionate” Cabinet member

- Panelo also noted that Lopez would be “greatly missed”

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The Malacañang mourned the death of former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Monday.

KAMI learned that the Malacañang referred to Lopez as the “most passionate” member of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet.

In a report by the ABS-CBN News, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo shared that Lopez’s legacy is “unparalleled.”

"The Palace deeply grieves the demise of one of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's most passionate Cabinet members whose environmental advocacy and legacy remains unparalleled to this day," it read in the statement.

Panelo also said that Lopez would be “greatly missed.”

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Lopez was appointed by President Duterte as the Secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2016. However, the Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment in 2017.

During her stint, Lopez was able to shut down 28 mines for alleged violation of environment laws. She also canceled the contracts of 75 mining companies.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. long-time chairperson has passed away on Monday, Aug. 19. It has been reported that she was diagnosed with brain cancer and suffered multiple organ failure.

Regina “Gina” Paz Lopez passed away at the age of 65. She was an environment activist. She was also the founder of Bantay Bata 163.

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