REPOST: Much ado about Henry: Gina Lopez pulls all stops to help French friend

http://www.philintheblank.org/special-coverage/much-ado-henry-gina-lopez-pulls-stops-help-french-friend/

Philippine Star columnist Alex Magno on (March 14) detailed the efforts Lopez exerted to help EcoGlobal Inc. clinch a power contract in Zamboanga City.

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Originally posted in Politiko.

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s doggedness in going after mining firms can only be matched perhaps by her resolve to helping a French company win a $100-million contract despite the shady background of one of its top officials.

Philippine Star columnist Alex Magno on Tuesday (March 14) detailed the efforts Lopez exerted to help EcoGlobal Inc. (EI) clinch a power contract in Zamboanga City.

Magno said Lopez “constantly badgered” DOE renewable energy director Mario Marasigan to grant EI the power supply contract without informing Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Lopez was determined to help EI even if its president, Jean-Philippe Henry, faces several criminal charges.

Among the cases filed against Henry was a falsification complaint by businesswoman Mercedes Zobel, who claimed her signature was forged in EI’s documents to make it appear it is 60 percent Filipino-owned.

Despite helping establish EcoGlobal Foundation Inc (EFI) to build a bamboo waste water treatment facility for the Urdaneta City University, Henry was ousted by the Filipino trustees after discovering he was withdrawing huge amounts the grant for his own use.

The Filipino trustees of EFI have filed a qualified theft charge against Henry before the National Bureau of Investigation.

According to Magno, Henry’s ouster did not sit well with Lopez, who wrote EFI to express her displeasure over the decision.

A day before the service contract was awarded to EI, Lopez and five other DENR officials left for an all-expense paid trip to France.

The bill for the trip was footed by EI, with Henry’s assurance.

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