Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez believes Secretary Roy Cimatu is healthier at managing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources than his predecessor, Gina Lopez.
In a press briefing in Malacañang, Dominguez counseled Cimatu for following due process within the crackdown on mining companies that violate environmental legal guidelines.
“I believe that they are going through a due process… They are going through a due process exercise to decide whether or not which mines have to be penalized, have to be given a chance to fix, or which need to be closed. That is the way it’s supposed to be done,” he mentioned.
In distinction, Dominguez famous that due process turned a priority when Lopez was on the helm of DENR.
“If you close a mine without giving the due process, these guys will go to court and claim that, you know, you did something illegal. And therefore, they will ask that the — that the mine be reopened, which the court will most likely agree to. And they may even sue the government for damages,” he mentioned.
Dominguez, who beforehand labored within the mining trade, locked horns with Lopez over her selections regarding erring companies.
Duterte appointed Cimatu to head the DENR after Lopez failed to hurdle the Commission on Appointments.