Environmentalist Gina Lopez has passed away this morning of Monday, August 19 due to multiple organ failure, ABS-CBN confirmed.
Lopez, 65, known for her love and passion for the nature, was the long-time chairperson of the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) and was a former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
But in 2017, she was rejected by the Commission on Appointments as a cabinet member despite her appeal that the environment should be prioritized over business interests, and despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s public remarks supporting her.
This was the time she went viral when, after the CA announced their decision, Lopez brushed it off by singing the iconic “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Since then, the song, which is a hit from R. Kelly, had always been associated with her.
Here is the full statement of ABS-CBN on Gina’s death:
The whole ABS-CBN family profoundly mourns the passing of Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation.
With Gina’s passing, we lost a fervent advocate of children’s rights and protection, a passionate proponent of sustainable livelihood among the underprivileged, and an unswerving champion for environment preservation.
Her tireless commitment to these advocacies gave birth to Bantay Bata 163, Bantay Kalikasan, and other programs under ABS-CBN Foundation. Before serving as Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission chairperson and as Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary, she also pushed for numerous campaigns and projects, including Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig, No To Mining in Palawan, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed, and the TV program “G Diaries” – all of which made a lasting impact on communities.
Gina was the pillar of strength that pushed AFI to achieve what seemed to be impossible. Her caring heart and selfless kind of love inspired people within and beyond the organization to help and serve others.
While we mourn with Gina’s family and loved ones, we also pray that her legacy continues to live on in the heart of every Kapamilya she had touched in her lifetime.
We will never forget her and will continue to honor her remarkable contributions not only to ABS-CBN, but the entire nation.
Thank you Gina, for showing us how it is to live in the service of the Filipino.
Rest in peace, Ms. Gina Lopez.
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