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PH military: Gina Lopez ‘a partner in many advocacies, charity works’

/ 03:23 PM August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) paid tribute to former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez who died Monday due to multiple organ failure.

In a statement, AFP chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. recalled how Lopez had been a partner “in the vigorous pursuit of her many advocacies and charity works.”

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“Ms. Gina might have left us, but the AFP shall carry on with and continue to be inspired by her aspirations for a clean environment and safe and protected children,” he said.

“The AFP joins the Lopezes and the environment and children-loving Filipinos in this moment of bereavement for the untimely demise of Ms. Regina Paz ‘Gina’ Lopez,” the military chief said.

A staunch environmentalist, Lopez served as environment secretary for 10 months before her appointment was rejected by the Commission on Appointments.

She was a long-time chairperson of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. and was also the founder of Bantay Bata 163, a social welfare program for disadvantaged children. /je

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