STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ

I understand and can feel the angst my repartee has had on many. Janina Lim has been on my beat since the start for several months. No matter what I say, no matter the situation, the questioning is decidedly technical even if the situation merits some kind of compassion.

I do acknowledge that in my effort to impart my perspective, I was inordinately judgemental. Everyone has the right to be what they are. I have no right to put them down for whatever. So to Janina and to everyone, this might have hurt … I apologize deeply.

It has to be made clear that my repartee with her in no way is a judgement on Business World or the media or journalists. Or in any line of inquiry.

I am favour of questioning. It is healthy. That is how we move forward. It is when questioning comes from an already closed mind that is counter-productive.

There are so many journalists and economists with deep intuitive minds, objectivity with integrity, compassion with vision – that kind of standard will bring the country forward.

I have much sincere affection and respect for economists, journalists and the press … And I urge you to keep the light shining brightly for our country.

I continue to hold everyone in high regard.

Sincerely,


GINA LOPEZ