Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday was recorded giving a profanity-laced tirade against a reporter amid questions about her recent order requiring a trust fund for suspended mining firms.
Lopez called BusinessWorld reporter Janina Lim "a f—ing employee," an audio recording of which was posted on InterAksyon.com
"You know, you're just a f—ing employee, why don't you have a heart for the poor?" Lopez said.
Lopez's order has come under fire from the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), which said it intends to file a complaint about it.
Later, Lopez also said to Lim: "You know you are so young and you're already bought by the greed and selfishness. I don't like it."
Lim responded, saying she was not "bought."
Lopez issued a January 30 memorandum ordering suspended mining firms to put P2 million into a trust fund to cover every hectare of land disturbed "to further mitigate the adverse impacts of the mining operations to the environment and to the affected communities."