Gina Lopez passes away
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) considers Regina “Gina” Lopez “a true friend of the Filipino people.” This was stated by CPP in its message of condolence to her family and friends. Lopez passed away at the age of 65 on August 19 due to cancer.
Lopez served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 2016 to 2017. During her short stint, she did her very best to defend the environment and the people whose lives depend on it. She joined the people in opposing big mining and logging operations which plunder mountains, poison rivers and destroy the land. She audaciously banned open-pit mining and suspended the operation permits of scores of companies.
When Lopez was relieved of her position, Duterte immediately allowed the suspended mining and logging companies to resume their operations, and revoked policies that defend the people and environment.