MANILA May 2 There is still a 50 percent chance
that controversial Philippines Environment Secretary Regina
Lopez will be confirmed in her current job, the head of a
congressional committee said on Tuesday after it concluded
"It's still a 50-50 chance for Gina," Senator Manny Pacquiao
told reporters, referring to the minister by her nickname.
Lawmakers will vote on Wednesday on whether to confirm or
reject Lopez as environment minister. She has angered the mining
industry after ordering the closure of more than half of the
Philippines' mines in February to protect water resources.
"It's difficult to say how the voting will go tomorrow.
There are those who are in favor of her and there are those
against her," Pacquiao said.
(Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.;
Editing by Richard Pullin)