No, it’s Gina Lopez. Well, she did not say “Let them eat cake,” an infamous quote that the wife of King Louis XVI supposedly told farmers amid a famine in 18th-century France.
“Pwede kayong kumain ng sashimi,” (You can eat sashimi) was Lopez’s version in a video posted on Youtube purportedly suggesting alternative food for mining-affected communities.
On Friday, March 2, Lopez figured in a heated exchange with businessman Manuel V Pangilinan in a forum dominated by players in the mining industry.
To some, it appeared as though industry players in the forum ganged up on Lopez.
First, Gerard Brimo, president and CEO of Nickel Mining, reacted to Lopez’s presentation, saying that she does not know what she was talking about.
During her talk, Lopez said, “You know I love you, Gerry, but mining is bad for the environment.”
Meanwhile, lawyer Lorna Kapunan, counsel of West Tower residents, took a swipe at Lopez over the involvement of Lopez-owned companies in last year’s oil leak which led to the closure of the condominium in Makati City.
“The whole underlying principle of this whole convention is corporate responsibility, whether you are in the mining industry, whether you are FPIC (First Philippine Industrial Corp), and that is the challenge to you Gina, find out the truth,” Kapunan said.
But according to Lopez, her family “is currently spending hundreds of millions of pesos to fix the unfortunate accident.”
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