WATCH: Sibling reveals Gina Lopez received death threats due to anti-mining crusade
Environmentalist Gina Lopez did not flinch despite receiving several death threats during her stint at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where actively led a crackdown on mining in the country, one of her siblings said a day after she passed away.
Lopez, who recently died due to multiple organ failure, was President Rodrigo Duterte's first Environment secretary.
Under her watch, Lopez ordered the closure of 23 mines and the suspension of operations of 5 other firms. But Lopez had to step down as Environment chief after failing to get the approval of the Commission on Appointments.
"I know that there were death threats against her," Gina's brother Ernie Lopez, who is also the president of ABS-CBN Publishing, said.
"May nagre-report sa akin na merong P2 million to have her assassinated," he said. "Nung nalaman ni Gina, natawa lang siya. Sabi niya, 'Bakit P2 million lang?'"
Despite the death threats and her CA rejection, the 65-year-old environmentalist "did not stop, but just continued her advocacy," Gina's sister Marisa Lopez-Grassi said.
"She doesn't need fame. She doesn't need the money. She doesn't need the glory but she really feels for the people living in the places that were being mined," said Susan Afan, managing director of Lingkod Kapamilya.
"This was her way of serving the country," Afan said.