MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One would think the Duterte government’s initiative to clean up the polluted Manila Bay will have 100% support from Filipino citizens, but that’s not the case.
The Makabayan Bloc in Philippine Congress — mostly Partilist Representatives — wants to block the recently-launched “Battle for Manila Bay,” an government and private sector partnership aimed at rehabilitating the Bay that was once famous for its spectacular sunset.
The solons include:
- Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro
•Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao
•Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate
•Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi de Jesus
•Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago
In a statement obtained by The Adobo Chronicles, the Representatives said they wanted to preserve the fame of the Bay as a tourist destination, one that is unique in its filthiness.
”If we clean up the Bay, then how would it be different from all of the world’s famous bays, like the San Francisco Bay, or Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay,” Elago said.