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Gina Lopez accuses Medialdea of working for business interests, not Duterte’s

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Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea may have the unofficial title of being “Little President,” but for former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, he functions more as a liaison of big businesses.

Lopez told broadcaster Ramon Tulfo about her thoughts on Medialdea after the latter wrote in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the Executive Secretary is mediocre at his job.

In a text message which Tulfo shared in his September 26 column, Lopez said: “Mon, Medialdea is not representing the President. He is representing business interests he has an affinity for and doesn’t give importance to things the President values.”

“This president (Digong) has a heart for the poor and underprivileged. That is my experience with him. Secretary Medialdea doesn’t exhibit or exude this consciousness. He is more aligned to business interests he is affiliated with than the values the President gives importance to,” she added.

Lopez said Medialdea stopped her from helping farmers when she was the head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, leading the former Cabinet official to think he was lawyering for mining companies.