Boracay-style clean-up: Huwag niyo akong hamunin! Duterte to shut down dirty hotels in Manila Bay
President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday threatened to shut down Manila
Bay hotels operating without water treatment facilities.
“Place water treatment facilities in your hotels, if not, I will
demolish them. Don’t try me,” Duterte said.
“You do something about your waste there or otherwise I will close it.
Sigurado ‘yan,” he added.
Duterte made this remark a day after Monday’s Cabinet meeting where he
discussed a plan to use the road user’s tax to clean up Manila Bay.
He tapped Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Interior Secretary
Eduardo Año to spearhead the massive clean-up.
“Sabi ko kay Roy Cimatu, pati si Gen. Año, (I told Roy Cimatu and even
Gen. Año) you start cleaning the Manila Bay. They will start to clean
it whether they like it or not,” Duterte said.
In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said
the President would issue an executive order for the Manila Bay
“The policy of the government is if you violate certain regulations –
then you have to pay for that. Kung ano iyong ginawa natin sa Boracay,
iyon din ang gagawin natin sa lahat,” Panelo said.
He said the goal was to finish the clean-up of Manila Bay by end of
the President’s term.
“Ang timeline ni Secretary Roy—dahil ang laki ng Manila Bay eh, ang
daming rivers na lilinisin, ang daming esteros. Parang hopefully sabi
niya, at the end of your term matatapos ‘to,” Panelo said.
“It will take some time, but what is important is uumpisahan ,” he added.
He said the clean-up should continue even with the succeeding