Bad news for the Philippines, because the minining interests blocked Gina Lopez.
MANILA (Reuters) - The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "deep concern" about a congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) decision to reject his choice of environment minister, but will respect the democratic process, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
"She has contributed a lot of meaningful insights into the environment and the Philippine environmental situation, and it is of course with deep concern that the CA has seen it fit to reject her appointment," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters.
Mining stock went up as a result.
The problem is that people need the minerals produced by mines, but danger to miners and the environment is a problem.
And this is the Philippines, where a simple "gift" will allow you to get away with pollution and endangering the lives of the miners.
People need work, and allowing good paying jobs in mining is better than letting them live in poverty and often risk their lives in "mom and pop" mines.
No, there are no easy answers.
Duterte is trying to "drain the swamp", but as this shows, money speaks.