Thursday July 19, 2018

Mercado: Gina Lopez and Other Women

WOMEN took the center stage last week, with Ms. Gina Lopez failing to get confirmed as DENR secretary.

Ms. Lopez is an amazon warrior who fought the deadly cartel of the mining industry. She demonstrated spectacular guts in enforcing environmental laws.

For her truncated career as protector of “kalikasan” she had stepped on virtual landmines. Members of the Commission on Appointments with vested interest in the industry ganged up on the hapless but fearless crusader.Ms. Lopez has won the people’s minds for her brief performance. You can bet your bottom peso that she has earned a niche as a Senatorial candidate in 2019.

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard is like an unwelcome guest who came to dinner uninvited. The Palace did not want t he world to know from her what’s cooking in the country.


The policewoman superintendent (Nobleza) dubbed as sleeping with the enemy is the best example of the clause “having her cake and eating it too.” She was the lover of an Abu Sayaff leader who took liberties with her womanhood and her intelligence resources. Claiming her self-imposed mission to spy on the enemy she could not produce an official project plan for that purpose.


Governor Pineda is on vacation and son Vice Gov Dennis is running the affairs of the Capitol with smooth efficiency. The Nanay, in making Dennis undergo “on the job training” has assured our cabalen with fine service in her absence, according to Len Luna of the information office.Lubao Mayor Mylene Cayabyab’ Sampaguta festiva tops all other “festivals “ in the province in point of ecotourism interests.

Jay Pelayo 1V, communications specialist of the Angeles city government, confirmed reports that the first lady Miniang Pamintuan is, indeed, the wings beneath the EdPam administration. Miniang is consistent in humanitarian work, and is the known patron of social and cultural programs in the city. Her former ballroom colleague Thelma Balingit attests to her terpsichorean skills and her pretty figure which give grace to a gaenerous person.


Two women municipal mayors are luscious gist of ugly talks the recent days. Magalang Mayor Malou has been complained of graft at the Ombudsman by a fast rising politician, Pyra Lucas. Malou is not blaming her vice mayor for not advising her of bidding procedures. VM Norman Lacson knows by experience the bids and procurement requirements even if these are hogs for sale.

Supporters of Nanay Gob are unanimous in asking San Simon Mayor Wong not to abuse her friendship with the governor. Sources of local controversies include the discovery of a hidden warehouse hiding Mighty cigarettes worth in millions, polluter smelting plants and air polluter processing enterprise. How about the case of an assassinated local political leader? The Mayor is in last term and has doomed ex-mayor Digos as her unlucky successor to be.