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PUMANAW na si dating Environment secretary, at ABS-CBN Foundation chief Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez sa edad na 65.
Sa pahayag ng ABS-CBN, sinabing namatay si Lopez dahil sa multiple organ failure.
Kilalang environmental activist si Lopez at nagsilbi na chairperson ng ABS-CBN Foundation Inc (AFI).
“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,” sabi ng ABS-CBN sa pahayag.
“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,” sabi ng ABS-CBN.
Ayon naman kay ABS-CBN Chair Mark Lopez hanga siya sa kanyang pinsan.
“Today, we lost not just a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect,” ani Mark Lopez, pinsan ng pumanaw, sa hiwalay na pahayag.
“At an age when people are just figuring out what they want to do in life, she already knew her purpose. She left a comfortable life to devote her time and energy to help uplift other people’s lives,” dagdag ni Lopez.
Taong 2016 pag-upo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, nagsilbi bilang kalihim ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) si Lopez, kung saan nakipaglaban siya sa mga dambuhalang kompanya ng pagmimina.
Ngunit noong 2017, hindi pinalad na makumpirma sa puwesto si Lopez.
Sa kabila nito, itinuloy ni Lopez ang kaniyang adbokasiya sa kalikasan, na nagsimula mula pa noong kabataan niya.