10 May 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – PRRD on lobby as influence – not bribery
The President reiterates that he does not doubt the integrity of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

In what has been an impassioned issue, the appointment of Ms. Gina Lopez as DENR Secretary quickly polarized supporters between pro-environment and pro-mining, missing the position of the Duterte Administration, which is pro- environment and pro-responsible mining.

The way the issues were framed seemed to imply a “lobby” – or, an activity of a group (or groups) representing certain interests seeking to influence an outcome.

While the President did refer to a “lobby”, he did not mean bribery, which is also a negative meaning of the word. He does not mean that the members of the Commission on Appointments were financially persuaded to take a position on Ms. Lopez’ appointment.

The President remains faithful to his covenant of seeking justice for the wronged and the environment. He trusts that all branches of government share the same commitment.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the election of Moon Jae-in as President of the Republic of Korea
On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to Mr. Moon Jae-in on his election as the new President of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The Philippines and the Republic of Korea have strong, comprehensive and long-standing bilateral ties. Our two countries have extensive cooperation on political, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges in the bilateral, regional, and multilateral spheres.

The Philippines is committed to further enhancing the relations with the ROK under President-elect Moon.

We wish him all the best.