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Justice chief regrets CA decision vs Gina Lopez

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Thursday expressed regret over the Commission on Appointments' (CA) rejection of outgoing Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

Aguirre said that he regrets the decision as it is "hard to find" someone like Lopez. "'Yung work niya talagang democracy at its best, in play," he said.

The 63-year-old daughter of a media mogul who left her privileged Philippine life behind when she was a teenager, had ordered the closure of more than half of the mines in the world's top nickel ore supplier and last week banned open-pit mining.

News of her removal led to a slump of more than 2 percent in nickel futures on the London Metal Exchange, with traders saying that suspended nickel mines could be reopened.

"Bihira 'yung taong ganun talaga yung advocacy niya, yung focus niya, to save the environment," Aguirre said.

"Kaya lang we are in a democracy na kung saan 'yung marami 'yun ang manaig in this case, sayang."

Aguirre said President Duterte did not interfere in the CA's decision.

"Independent 'yan eh. We have three separate independent departments. To be fair to the president hindi niya pinapakialaman [ang] Congress." With Reuters

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