DU30 de­fends Manila Bay sands project

Well the Pres­i­dent be­lieves in the wis­dom of the peo­ple and the Pres­i­dent also be­lieves in Vox Pop­uli, Vox Dei (The voice of the peo­ple is the voice of God)

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - PAGE THREE - BY MJ BLANCAFLOR AND FRAN­CIS WAKE­FIELD @tri­bunephl_MJB @tri­bunephl_FTW

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has de­fended the gov­ern­ment’s move to pour ar­ti­fi­cial “white sand” on the shores of Manila Bay, even if the Depart­ment of Health (DoH) ex­pressed alarm that hun­dreds of peo­ple trooped to the area with­out ob­serv­ing one-me­ter dis­tanc­ing.

In his pub­lic ad­dress Mon­day night, the Pres­i­dent told his Cabi­net mem­bers to ig­nore crit­i­cisms on Manila Bay’s nour­ish­ment project, say­ing that the op­po­si­tion would find a way to fuss over the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­grams.

“Peo­ple now re­ally en­joy the re­claimed area with the white sand,” Duterte said.

“The yel­lows, if you say some­thing, if you do some­thing, you are evil. If you won’t do it, you are still bad. Son of a bitch. What do you want?” he added.

The Pres­i­dent also lauded En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu for ful­fill­ing his “dare” to re­ha­bil­i­tate the garbage-rid­den Manila Bay, known for its pic­ture-per­fect sun­sets.

The DENR on Tues­day wel­comed the sup­port shown by the Pres­i­dent.

DENR Un­der­sec­re­tary for Solid Waste Man­age­ment and LGU Con­cerns Benny An­tiporda the Pres­i­dent’s re­marks un­der­scored the fact that the op­po­si­tion and other crit­ics would al­ways find a way to fuss over the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­grams.

“Well the Pres­i­dent be­lieves in the wis­dom of the peo­ple and the Pres­i­dent also be­lieves in

Vox Pop­uli, Vox Dei (The voice of the peo­ple is the voice of God),” An­tiporda told the Daily Tri­bune dur­ing a phone in­ter­view.

“So when he sees the sup­port of all these peo­ple to the Manila Bay project, he was also overwhelme­d that they are happy with the project,” he added.

DoH Un­der­sec­re­tary Maria Rosario Vergeire said it was wor­ry­ing that Filipinos went to Manila Bay over the week­end for a chance to view the syn­thetic white sand — made of crushed dolomite rocks — along Roxas Boule­vard.

Vis­i­tors were seen tak­ing pic­tures and hold­ing zumba ses­sions even if the gov­ern­ment dis­cour­ages Filipinos from do­ing non-es­sen­tial things out­doors amid the on­go­ing pan­demic.

Due to the in­ci­dent, au­thor­i­ties closed off Manila Bay to the pub­lic. Er­mita Po­lice Sta­tion Com­man­der Ariel Caramoan was also re­lieved from his post for sup­pos­edly fail­ing to im­ple­ment safety pro­to­cols at the con­tro­ver­sial bay­walk.

Manila Bay grabbed head­lines ear­lier as en­vi­ron­men­tal groups crit­i­cized the move to put pul­ver­ized rocks along its shores, say­ing it would hurt the nat­u­ral ecosys­tem in the area and in Cebu, where the dolomites came from.

A dolomite is a cal­cium mag­ne­sium car­bon­ate used for con­struc­tion works.

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