The popular INQUIRER.net columnist Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod in her Get Real column approved the decision and choice of the President-elect appointing the managing director of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Bayan Foundation and chairperson of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) the cabinet position in as secretary in DENR, She wrote in her column Saturday that:
The appointment of Gina Lopez as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a position that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had intended for himself, at least in the beginning, was like an earthquake that rocked Big Mining and sent the value of mining stocks plummeting. But for me, Duterte must be congratulated for his decision.
Maring Winnie acknowledged that “He [Duterte] has put the DENR in the hands of an environmentalist and committed natural resources conservator, who cannot be manipulated and bribed, and who will do what is best for the Philippines, not only for a particular sector. My gut feel is that at the end of the day, she will leave the Philippines better off, rather than worse off, as far as this area is concerned.”
She believed that appointment of Gina Lopez will convince people that she is so qualified for the position because of her credentials who for years led the campaign to revive the Pasig River and initiatives in the anti-mining advocacy will convince people that she is so qualified for the position, “Under Gina’s leadership, the DENR will never be in danger of being “captured” by vested interests. Hallelujah. One for Duterte.”