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Philippine congress rejects environment secretary

Resources sub-index jumps 2.73% as anti-mines campaigner blocked

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Regina Lopez at a news conference shortly after lawmakers rejected her appointment as Environment Secretary, May 3 2017.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Regina Lopez, who rocked the Philippines mining sector during her ten-month stewardship of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has been rejected as the agency's secretary by a congressional panel.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, who chairs the panel, made the announcement on Wednesday, capping a series of hearings, which the boxing legend called "perhaps the longest, most dramatic, and most watched by all Filipinos from all walks of life."

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