Who’s afraid of DENR Secretary Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga?

Who’s afraid of Secretary Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga and moving heaven and earth to take her out of her spot at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)? Take your pick between these 5 options:

One: Reclamation Project Owners 

First, we have owners of suspended Manila Bay billions-of-peso reclamation projects. They know they won’t pass the ongoing cumulative impact assessment being undertaken by the multidisciplinary team of scientists the DENR put together. So, is it possible that they’re leading the smear campaign against the agency?

Two: DENR Officials

In addition, there are corrupt DENR officials and employees. Their powers have been clipped. They no longer have the capability to profit from selling the country’s dwindling natural resources to the highest bidder by issuing ECCs for environmentally unsound projects. Talk about an inside job!

Three: Illegal Miners and Loggers

Third are the illegal miners and loggers. Because now, Secretary Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga and the rest of the DENR can monitor and track their activities through a new geo-satellite system. So, anytime they plan on cutting down another tree or excavating another land without permission, they can catch them right away! 

READ: DENR’s Yulo-Loyzaga is between ‘a rock and a hard place’

Four: The Minority

Then there’s a noisy minority who have proclaimed themselves as the forever sole protectors of a huge tract of protected area near Metro Manila.  

Five: Politicians and the Press

Last but not least are politicians and media who are on the payroll of one, two, three, and four. We can think of a handful of politicians who have a lot to say against the DENR right now.

Or is it all of the above?

Clearly, the campaign to oust Secretary Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga has gone into high gear. All of the above appear to have banded together or are riding on manufactured, utterly fake issues to try to get her to resign.

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