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Too late the heroes: Sotto, Drilon recall backing Gina Lopez at CA as Senate adopts resolution honoring her

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon remember voting in favor of the late Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s confirmation as the Senate adopted Tuesday (August 20) a resolution honoring her.

“Both of us voted in the affirmative,” Drilon said when the resolution was presented to the plenary.

The Senate resolutions honoring Lopez and expressing profound sympathy and condolences to her family were filed by Senators Manny Pacquiao and Lito Lapid.

The Commission on Appointments (CA), which is composed of members from both the Senate and House of Representatives, rejected Lopez’s appointment in 2017.

Lopez’s supporters believed the mining industry lobbied hard for Lopez’s rejection because of her crackdown on mining firms.

The 65-year-old scion of the Lopez family who owns ABS-CBN succumbed to multiple organ failure after battling brain cancer Monday (August 19).

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