FORMER Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (BUHAY) Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza on Friday lauded President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. for suspending all reclamation projects in Manila Bay.
“We fully support the decision of President Bongbong Marcos to suspend all reclamation projects in Manila Bay. Truly, he is our only hope to see the wrongfulness of approving 22 reclamation projects in the bay.
We also support the investigation into how these projects came about. What yardstick was used to allow all this in the first place?” Atienza said.
“Binobola nila ang mga tao by saying that para sa inyo ito. Para kanino? Walang kikita diyan kundi ang mga private owners. Enough is enough! BBM should continue protecting the welfare of the people and not just a few,” Atienza said.
Atienza said “This opened the floodgates that allowed reclamation projects in the Bay. We continued our crusade for the protection of the Bay as Environment Secretary, when we sided with the environmentalists who were forcing the government to clean up Manila Bay.
Contrary to past DENR administrations, environmentalists were surprised when we sided with their position before the Supreme Court.
Because of this, the Supreme Court in 2008 issued a writ of continuing mandamus to clean up, rehabilitate, preserve and restore it to its pristine condition not to put dolomite sand, but to clean the waters.”
“Tama kayo, Mr. President, nawala na ang tubig sa Manila Bay. Had BBM not intervened and stopped these 22 projects, we would have lost the Bay the biggest jewel of the city of Manila.
This Bay has benefitted our generation and will benefit future ones. Bravo, Mr. President, for stopping these reclamation projects. We are with you on this!” Atienza said.