Senators honor former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

(Eagle News)–The Senate has adopted a resolution honoring former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, who succumbed to brain cancer on Monday, Aug. 19.

Senate Resolution No. 100 and Senate  Resolution No. 105 were introduced by Senators Lito Lapid and Manny Pacquiao, respectively.

“Ms. Lopez was a true warrior and advocate for the protection and preservation of our environment. We want to honor and commemorate Ms. Lopez for her great service, achievements and contributions for the Filipino people as an environmental advocate, philanthropist and Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” Lapid said in his resolution.

Pacquiao praised Lopez as a person, saying she “has the qualities of a loving woman with a caring heart and who exhibits a selfless kind of love which inspires people from all walks of life.”

Lopez was appointed Environment Secretary by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

She served for months until the Commission on Appointments rejected her confirmation.

She founded ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and established  Bantay Bata 163.

Bantay Bata 163, which was the country’s first media-based hotline to protect abused, disadvantaged and at-risk children, was the United Nations Grand Awardee for Excellence.

Lopez was 65 years old when she passed away.