Anti-mining minister ousted in the Philippines

Lawmakers ended a 10-month crusade by Environment Secretary Regina Lopez, forcing out the eco-warrior after she closed more than half the nation's mines

Manila, May 5, 2017 2:00 PM (UTC+8)
Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez sings "I believe I can fly" during a news conference shortly after lawmakers rejected her appointment as Environment Secretary, 10 months into her term in office, at the Senate in Manila, Philippines May 3, 2017.  Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro
Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez sings "I believe I can fly" during a news conference shortly after lawmakers rejected her appointment as Environment Secretary, 10 months into her term in office, at the Senate in Manila, Philippines May 3, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro