Just like Boracay: Lito Atienza urges Palace to shut Laguna Lake, Manila Bay down

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza urged Malacañang on Sunday to shut Laguna Lake and Manila Bay down temporarily amid the rising prices of fish in the market.

Atienza said “unrestrained human activity” in the two bodies of waters is to blame for fishermen’s measly catch.

“Aquatic life in our municipal waters is being suffocated. This is why we have fish kills or mass die-offs everywhere,” the former three-term mayor of Manila said.

“If Malacañang can strong-arm the environmental renewal of Boracay, surely it can also do the same to Laguna Lake and Manila Bay,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Boracay’s six-month closure starting April to rehabilitate the island, which he had called out for the presence of several environmental violations.

Atienza’s remark came amid reports that the price of “galunggong” (round scad) has surged to as high as P180 per kilo in wet markets around Metro Manila.

In a bid to stabilize the price of galunggong, the Department of Agriculture issued an administrative order last week permitting the importation of 17 million kilos of the fish variety for direct sale to wet markets.