ABS-CBN Foundation's Gina Lopez endorses Duterte

Environmentalist and ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez has endorsed presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

This is according to this blogger's high school classmate, Ryan Pete Zamora, who represented Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) — one of the highest yielding banana plantations in the world — in the PMAP Summit on Clean Air and Climate Change held Tuesday, April 12, at Sofitel Manila.

"I am here in Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila for the PMAP Summit on Clean Air and Climate Change. One of the speakers. Ms. Gina Lopez, was presenting about the 'Critical Role of Business to Clean Our Air...'. At the near end of her presentation was a video of Duterte saying, "Walang Pilipino na mai gusto sa mga ginagawa nila." (on the wanton destruction of the environment by open pit mining)," said Zamora in a Facebook post.

"Ms Gina was also often heard in her presentation about the need for our government to be strict in the implementation of our laws and where corruption is eradicated. That was when I have the gut feel that she is for Duterte. And true enough after her presentation she told the audience "kelangan natin matapang, katulad ni Duterte". And the crowd responded with a thunderous applause!" he continued.

"After her presentation I approached her and told her where im from (TADECO of the Floirendos of Mindanao). And she said, "Mindanao is so beautiful. Vote for Duterte," Zamora added.

Gina Lopez is a daughter of the late Eugenio Lopez, Jr., popularly known as Geny Lopez and Kapitan, Chairman Emeritus of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation from 1993 to 1997.

As Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation, Gina pioneered the concept of educational television and is using ABS-CBN's broadcast resources to raise awareness and funding for child welfare and environmental protection.

In a statement sent to Coolbuster.net via email, the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation clarified that it was Gina's "personal endorsement."

"Ms. Lopez, an environment advocate, shares with Mayor Duterte his strong stand against mining as evidenced by his total banning of mining activities in Davao City and his genuine concern for the poor farmers and fishermen," it stated.

"The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and its Management remains neutral and is not endorsing any candidate running for public office," it added.