Business tycoon Manny Pangilinan has frowned upon the appointment of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya chairperson Gina Lopez as the new Environment Secretary, for obvious reasons.
A report published by ABS-CBN News on Wednesday (June 22) quoted Pangilinan as saying: “The elephant in the room is Gina Lopez, I apologize for the comparison but let me say this, its entirely the prerogative of the president and we respect that.”
The businessman chairs Philex Mining, whose stocks fell down by 12.17 percent following news that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte offered the top post at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to Lopez, a staunch anti-mining advocate.
Lopez already accepted the position. Pangilinan and the sister of ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez figured in a heated exchange at a business conference in 2012.
Their word war reached a brewing point when Lopez said: “But when you make a statement that all the [mining] areas are ugly anyway… that’s the point.”
Almost immediately, Pangilinan stood up, pointed a finger at Lopez and said: “I did not say that. Now you’re lying!”
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