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LOOK: Duterte pays final respects to ex-DENR chief Gina Lopez

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte paid his last respects to his former environment secretary, Gina Lopez Monday night.

Duterte visited the remains of Lopez, who passed away last August 19 after battling brain cancer, at her family’s private mausoleum.

Joining the President was his former aide and now Senator Christopher Go.

In 2016, Duterte appointed Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The Commission on Appointments, however, rejected her nomination in May 2017.

As DENR chief, Lopez ordered the suspension or shutdown of more than 20 mining operations found violating the country’s environmental laws.

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