Photos of a clean and litter-free Manila Bay has been receiving thousands of likes, shares and of course positive comments on Facebook.
Of course, netizens give the credit to PRRD for flexing his muscles, figuratively speaking and getting things done.
Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Laureta Chu was gushing with praises of PRRD’s Manila Bay clean-up feat in a Facebook post that has gone viral lately.
She remarked that PRRD had succeeded in making Manila Bay clean and litter-free when two past presidents have failed.
DO YOU KNOW WHY DUTERTE’S CLEANUP OF MANILA BAY IS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN WE ALREADY KNOW IT BE?
Because on Dec 18 2008 pa lang, the Supreme Court issued a writ of continuing mandamus directing 13 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay.
THE SUPREME COURT ORDERED 13 GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, A DECADE AFTER A COMPLAINT WAS FILED, AND NOTHING HAPPENED.
They were given 10 years to do it. What followed was typical of our governments then– they came up with a radio jingle and billboards (all cash cows and no concrete action) to remind people not to litter.
The case started in Jan. 29, 1999 when respondents who were concerned citizens and residents along Manila Bay filed a complaint sa RTC ng Imus, Cavite against several government agencies for failing them.
(Do you know that some government agencies appealed pa the decision handed down in 2005 and gave a reason na “kulang daw sa funds?” or “it is not within their ministerial act to clean up the Manila Bay?” Grabe dati no? puro rason. Check screenshots.)
Finally, the case went up to the SC. And in Dec 2008, the Supreme Court gave the 13 concerned government agencies, including DENR, DOT, MWSS, LMUA, PPA, MMDA, DA, DBM, DPWH, DOH, DECs, and the Philippine Coast Guard 10 years to get their shit together.
The governments of Gloria Arroyo and Noynoy Aquino BOTH DID NOTHING significant to address the problem, even when the Supreme Court already handed down the decision.
Only Duterte. So if you’re gonna shit on our President, please make sure that your Presidents had half the political will needed to make this happen.
10 years and nothing. Gloria had a year and a half to act–NOTHING. Noynoy had 6 years–NOTHING. And these people tell you to respect the Supreme Court?
Let me also take advantage of this to say that Manila Bay has many tributaries–and these should all be cleaned up as well.
I have included screenshots but you can read full decision here:
(Thank you to the editorial meeting of MB, I found this injustice out. I highly recommend you follow MANILA BULLETIN as they have and will be coming up with important stories related to Manila Bay.)
Check out the screenshots of the SC decision re Manila Bay clean up.