MANILA - Lawmakers suspended hearings on Wednesday with no immediate actions on Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.
The Commission on Appointments set a hearing on Thursday to continue discussions on Lopez's appointment.
Lopez presented to lawmakers her plan to build "green" economies, as she defended her stand against destructive mining.
Lopez, who has ordered the closure or suspension of 28 mines, told the Commission on Appointments that robust economic growth meant nothing if the poor are left behind.
"In essence what the DENR wants to do is kick ass... We wanna kick ass the green economy," said Lopez.
Lopez said that as environment secretary, she had the duty to ensure that "needs of the present" are met "without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs."
"I'm just following the law," she said.