Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Hell hath no fury than a lover scorned? Gina Lopez questions motive of UFCC’s Mike Aragon in filing case

Gina Lopez

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has aired her doubts over the case filed against her before the Office of the Ombudsman over the use of supposedly faulty air quality monitoring systems given that one of the complainants, the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) counts her former flame as one of its members.

In a statement, Lopez said all 52 Open Path Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) stations used by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were procured way before she was at the helm of the agency.

Given that she was not yet at the DENR when the supposedly defective equipment were bought, Lopez said the motive behind the filing of the case against her by UFCC and Airboard Company was questionable.

“My question why these unfounded allegations are brought to the fore when I decide to break relationship (sic) with Dr. Mike Aragon because of unkept promises. And if so, what is his real agenda here?” she said.

“One should question what Dr. Aragon’s motives are and who is funding this campaign to find fault where there is none,” Lopez added.

Aragon is UFCC’s vice president.

In their complaint, UFCC and Airboard accused Lopez of inaction on the supposedly faulty air monitoring equipment even when the matter was brought to her attention in August 2016.

The complainants said the DOAS failed to deliver “consistent and reliable” air monitoring data.

Lopez, however, said inspection of the equipment showed the erroneous data given by the machines was only due to lack of calibration.

She also said “all protocol has been” followed regarding their use.

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