Lito Atienza calls Cimatu’s Manila Bay cleanup crusade ‘crap’: It’s dead!

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Buhay party-list Lito Atienza is cynical about Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s plan to clean up Manila Bay like he did with Boracay.

In a news forum Wednesday, Atienza described the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR’s) latest cleanup project as “a lot of crap.”

“The DENR said they will clean it up like they did in Boracay. That’s a lot of crap that they are talking about. They cannot do it because the Manila Bay is dead,” he said.

Atienza, a former mayor of Manila, said the waste directly flowing into the bay from households and business establishments already killed the waters.

He warned that the situation may further deteriorate if the five reclamation projects currently in the pipeline proceed.

Cimatu earlier directed the Manila Bay Coordinating Council to draft a master plan to rehabilitate Manila Bay. He, however, admitted that the project will be difficult since it will involve four areas – Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan and Bataan.