Duterte offers DENR post to Gina Lopez

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2016 06:58 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2016 08:21 PM

DAVAO CITY (2nd UPDATE) -- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has asked ABS-CBN's Gina Lopez to lead the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

In a statement Monday, the Duterte camp said Lopez has been offered to lead the DENR after she met the president-elect.

Lopez, chairperson of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, was offered the position during a courtesy call at the Presidential Guest House in DPWH Panacan Depot, Davao City on Monday afternoon.

“I am honored at the trust given… I will seriously, seriously consider it,” Lopez said in a video released by state-run RTVM.

Lopez has yet to decide on the offer, but said it was an "attractive" one.

“I want to say whether I’m in DENR or not, I will give my 100 percent support to this very good man,” Lopez said, referring to Duterte.

She told ABS-CBN News that she wants to go on a retreat first before deciding on the offer.

Lopez said she only met with Duterte to raise some concerns about the mining industry in the Philippines.

“I just wanted to give him some ideas, then he offered the position. Nagulat na nga ako eh. Sabi ko, 'Sir alam mo magiging controversial ako',” she told ABS-CBN News in an interview at Davao City’s airport.

“I have to mull over it. If anything, to have someone like him offer someone like me a position like that shows you the kind of person that he is.”

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Photo courtesy of RTVM

Lopez, who is known for her anti-mining advocacy, said she admires Duterte for showing genuine concern for the environment and the welfare of farmers and fishermen.

Duterte has considered the DENR post one of the most important in his Cabinet, as he seeks to end destructive mining in the Philippines.

The president-elect earlier offered the DENR post to the Left but later changed his mind.

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