By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution honoring former Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez.
Senators during their afternoon session approved Senate Resolution No. 100, in consideration of Senate Resolution No. 105, which both cited Lopez’ work in protecting and conserving the environment.
The resolutions were authored by Senators Manuel “Lito” Lapid and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao respectively, but the rest of the Upper Chamber’s members were made co-authors to the measures, according to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri.
“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,” read part of Resolution No. 100.
Resolution No. 105, meanwhile, praised Lopez for her remarkable contributions in environmental protection and upholding children’s rights.
“Lopez 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,” it stated.
The measures also express the Senate’s sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Lopez.
Lopez succumbed to brain cancer on Monday, August 19, according to ABS-CBN.
Senators have paid their respective tributes to the staunch environment activist, who served as Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2016 until May 2017, after the Commission on Appointments rejected her confirmation.
Palace and Cabinet officials, as well as environment and militant groups, have also expressed grief on Lopez’ death.