The debate on the mining issue has elevated to the point of dividing the nation. While many are applauding environmental crusader Gina Lopez for bravely standing up and closing down mining giants to supposedly ‘save the environment,’ the same number may have only been led to believe that the DENR designate is indeed for the environment. So here is our question. Is Gina Lopez advocating for the environment or just using the DENR for business interest?
We must first look at the kind of business her family is into. Lopez Group of Companies’ is engaged in so many line of business from Media and Telecommunications, Power and Energy, Power Generation, Power Distribution, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Manufacturing. You might be wondering is a true die hard environmentalist will be ok on such line of business. Let’s see, First Balfour formerly First Philippine Holding according to its website, it was ‘responsible for the site grading and site improvement works for TSI Davao Coal-fired Power Plant. The 300 MW Coal-fired Power Plant of the Aboitiz Group.’ Coal-fired Power Plant you say? Is that bad?
According to Union of Concerned Scientists, “Coal plants are primary cause of global warming and a typical coal plant generates 3.5 million tons of CO2 per year.” It also said, “Burning coal is also a leading cause of smog, acid rain, and toxic air pollution.”
And to top it all to obtain coal it has to be mined! The process is by extracting coal from underground or open-pit mines. Does that sound too environment friendly to you?
Another of the Lopez’s latest money maker is the NPC Gas Pipeline Facility for the 1200MW Ilijan Combined Cycle Power Plant. We need not to elaborate just recall the issue of the Lopez family-owned First Philippine Industrial Corporation (FPIC) which leaked 700,000 liter of gas in the area surrounding the West Tower Condominium in Barangay Bangkal in Makati. That was a newsmaker in 2012!
There are actually so many on our list but we can always give Gina Lopez the benefit of doubt that perhaps all those are already part of history and as secretary of the DENR she is bent on doing her job. Is that really the case? Are you familiar with quarrying?
Quarrying definition, an excavation or open-pit, usually open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc. So what is it to her? Well, to Gina Lopez quarrying since needed is ok regardless of the effects on the environment. Besides, family business is into infrastructure and it must not be affected at all cost. Just check out her Memorandum Order dated March 10, 2017.
Let us ask the question again. Is Gina Lopez advocating for the environment or just using the DENR for business interest? By now you know the answer. Tell everyone because like you, they don’t know they are being used for business interest.