Atienza to Estrada: Remove oil depot, revive Baywalk

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THE BAYWALK strip facing Manila Bay in 2004 before it was cleared when a new administration took over City Hall. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The removal of the Pandacan oil depot, the return of the Baywalk strip and the revival of Avenida Rizal as a pedestrian-friendly area are among the projects that former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza wants to see under a city government run by Joseph Estrada.

“I would like Erap (Estrada’s nickname) to continue my urban renewal projects when he sits as mayor,” Atienza told the Inquirer on Thursday, when he and the former President and now Manila mayoral candidate held a press conference to show their alliance against the reelectionist Alfredo Lim.

Atienza, who served as Manila mayor from 1998 to 2007 and is now a nominee of the Buhay partylist group, also denied reports that he was supporting Lim. This was after posters appeared in the streets showing him and the incumbent mayor together.

“What this poster is showing is not true and it did not come from us,” he said in Filipino. “Everything I did back then was destroyed by Lim. So how can I identify myself with somebody who had damaged Manila?”

He maintained that he and Buhay, the party-list group of El Shaddai evangelist Mike Velarde, are backing Estrada’s candidacy but that this endorsement doesn’t extend to his running mate Isko Moreno and other party mates.

Asked what he would like Estrada to accomplish should he win, Atienza cited three initiatives of his own administration which he wants revisited.

The former mayor recalled that he pushed for the removal of the Pandacan oil depot for posing dangers to the residents, something which Lim later blocked despite the passage of an ordinance approving the facility’s relocation.

Atienza said he also opened the Baywalk bar and restaurant strip along Roxas Boulevard facing Manila Bay, which Lim also closed down when he took over.

He also closed Avenida Rizal to vehicular traffic and converted it into a wide walkway.

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  • Pio Pusli

    atienza, boss amo sir, why asking estrada now? you’ve beeen a mayor for 9 years and you failed. you’re useless, please shut up!!!!

  • stealth ice

    it seems Men and women of Gloria Macapagal Aroyo are on the side of erap already.
    Manilenyos/Manilenyas dapat tayo mag-ingat sa sabwatan ni GMA at ni ERAP.

  • kolambogan

    The greatest traffic obstruction Manila ever had was perpetrated by the Arroyo guy former Mayor Atienza, by closing the one central vehicular artery in the heart of the city and let all the elements suffer the consequences, people and vehicles were left to their own to go north to south vice-versa east to west the same, inconveniences everywhere, added expenses to motorists BUT INCOME TO HIS FAVORED PEOPLE WHO BUILT TIENDAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ONCE FABLED AVENIDA RIZAL YET ALL OF THE TRAFFIC ENFORCERS did not cite ATIENZA EVEN A SINGLE TRAFFIC VIOLATION CITATION/TRAFFIC OBSTRUCTION THEY READILY DO TO ANY HAPLESS UNFORTUNATE INDIVIDUAL MOTORIST CAUGHT IN THE QUAGMIRE OF ATIENZA’S GRAND DESIGN FOR THE PEOPLE INSIDE THE CITY. Yet, he still would want the same thing to happen again in Manila contained in his hopes should Estrada wins, GOD FORBID. Good thinking people of Manila don’t let this chaotic thing to happen again. A convicted plunderer, womanizer, evicted and shamed former president whose own family is in chaos as the hope of small thinking poltician for your city? Please have mercy on yourselves, if you will let this happen.

  • allandel

    mayor bulaklakin is history. he can no longer win an election even for barangay kagawad after knowing all the corrupt deeds he had done. atienza was actually the very first corrupt person my contractor-friend introduced me to. how did i know? kasama ko syang nagdala ng pera sa malapit sa bahay ni atienze noong 1990’s, madaling-araw noon. city hall official pa lang sya. kay erap naman, wala na akong masabi. look up the word corrupt in the dictionary or the wikipedia, his picture will surely come up.

    • sigena

      panindigan mo yan sa korte?

    • nes911

      Alam na yan sa buong cityhall. Naging malaking news yan nuon.

    • mucho_cheapo

      Ha-ha-ha. Ayos yung description mo kay Erap.

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    Yes, revive the Baywak. One of a few good things that happened in Manila and this was even removed because of politics. Improvements, infrastructures and resources should not be put to waste just because these were projects of a former mayor. This is a very sick move. Atienza does not even own it.

  • Mamang Pulis

    Atienza—alam mo ba kung magkano ang halaga ngayun kung ililipat ang pandacan depot?

    hindi ba ang urban planning/engineering division ng kamaynilaan ang may pagkukulang dito at nagsulputan ng parang kabute ang mga bahay sa paligid?

    • Ganymede

      Tama! Ang may mali diyan yun nagpahintulot magtayo ng mga bahay sa paligid. Tagal na niyang depot na yan diyan tapos sila pa yun palalayasin. Malaki rin ang kinikita ng Maynila sa tax ng mga yan, baka lalong mamulubi ang City Hall.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    One wonders if Baywalk was shut down so customers would be steered instead to the new eating places behind Mall of Asia and Ocean Park, thus benefiting the owners ….

    • Ganymede

      Hmmm… I think MOA and Ocean Park haven’t existed yet during those times.

  • UrHONOR

    ANG GANDA pala ng BAYWALK STRIP! Dapat ngang ibalik ito at hingan ng pagpapaliwanag si Lim kung bakit ito natanggal o tinanggal.

    • Ganymede

      Ang paliwanag ni Lim diyan dati maraming turista sa mga hotels ang nagrereklamo. Maingay daw yun mga banda pag gabi hindi makapagpahinga, saka maraming kalat.

      Magaganda talaga yun mga pailaw ni Atienza diyan sa Baywalk. Kasi maganda din ang presyo ng mga yan. At shempre, maganda rin ang kita ng bulsa ni Mayor.

    • nes911

      Ginawa kasing beer house strip ni atienza ang baywalk. Inaabot hanggang madaling araw ang lasingan.

      • UrHONOR

        SAMAKATUWID, balik na naman ang isyu sa disiplina ng mga kabayan at law enforcement! Dapat may mga bantay-tanod na nakadestino sa kahabaan ng Strip para magmanman sa mga uma-abusong mga parokyano ng Strip. Hindi naman siguro tama yong ipagkakait ang isang magandang bagay sa karamihan dahil lamang sa kabulastugan ng iilan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mynormand Normand Barbieto

    potek tapos pag nagpalit ulit ng mayor tatanggalin ulit ang baywalk at ang pagiging pedestrian ng avenida rizal.

    • kolambogan

      Correction, Avenida Rizal was converted into a Tiangge in the middle of Manila than a walkway for pedestrians during Atienza’s time, if there was income or benefit for such conversion of public domain, why is’nt there any account of how much did the City received or lost during the time and what good did it do to the affected businesses, the commuting public people and motorists alike?

  • Ganymede

    Hoy Atienza… wag ka na mangarap. HIndi ka na magiging mayor. Nanalo k lang dati dahil inendorso ka ni Lim. Pero ano ginawa mo? Tinraydor mo siya. Kaya ngayon hanggang partylist nominee ka nalang umaasa. At may balak ka pang maging tongressman? Hindi namin makakalimutan na kasabwat ka ni Arroyo. Ikaw ang isa sa pinaka-loyal niyang supporter. Bakit hindi mo yan ipagmalaki ngayon? Huwag kang dumikit kay Erap kalaban yan ng amo mo. At pareng Erap, word of advice lang… wag kang papauto kay Aitenza, balimbing ang taong ito. Kung saan siya makikinabang doon siya.

  • Ganymede

    Mahilig talaga itong si Atienza sa BUhay. Dati Buhayin Ang MayniLA, ngayon Buhay party list, pero mas bagay ata Buhaya..

  • nes911

    Mr, atienza kumusta na ba yung condominium building mo sa tabi ng depot? Kaya mo ba pinaaalis ang depot dahil walang bumili ng condo mo kundi si pacquiao? Hindi kapakanan ng manlenyo ang hangarin mo kundi ang iyong personal na interes.

  • nes911

    Heto na sila. Mga dumb, dumber at dumbest trio nila isko moreno, atienza at erap. Nagsamasama na mga corrupt.

  • whyinthisworld

    Maybe you did not agree on how much would be the cost of removing it. Talk to erap am sure he will agree with you, that’s no doubt.

  • eltee2012

    >>>Si Mr. Atienza naki-sawsaw na. Pinagmamalaki ang ginawa niya sa Avenida Rizal or Rizal Avenue at Baywalk sa Roxas Blvd? Wow naman..Mr. Atienza you are one of the LOSING SUCKS !!!.

    >>>Avenida Rizal -from CM Recto to Carriedo, nang panahon mo isinara mo ang kalye sa motorista at ginawang plaza. Noong unang mga ilan buwan ok pa. Pero kalaunan naging mistulang park ng mga prostitutes, snatchers, solvent sniffers at holdupers. Mula pagsapit ng gabi, lahat ng establishments along that streets maagang nagsasara dahil wala ng namimili o nagwi-window shopping man lamang dahil sa takot ng mga tao.

    At ang daloy ng trapiko naging napakagrabe dahil mas lolong nagkaipon-ipon ang mga sasakyan mula pa lamang sa Bambang St. at ganoon din sa kabila mula pa lamang sa City Hall masahol pa sa pagong ang daloy ng trapiko punta sa Sta.Cruz . At dahil diyan maraming mga pampasahero sasakyan ang nagti-trip cutting ng kanilang biyahe at sa kondisyon na yan mas maraming taong bayan ang naapektuhan.

    >>>Baywalk sa Roxas Blvd…nang ipatayo mo yan noon, sa simula rin ay ok. Pero dumami ng dumami ang naglagay ng mini or outdoor bars at ihaw-ihaw o turo-turong kainan. Medyo tama ka, nakapagbigay ka ng trabaho at negosyo sa ilan tao. Sa kabuuan at kalaunan ang lugar na yan ay naging sanhi rin ng mga krimen, tulad din ng snatching, holdup, prosititusyon, solvent sniffers at traffic congestion din tulad ng Avenda Rizal na ginawa mong Puke at Tutok Plaza.

    >>>Removal of Pandacan Oil Depot. – nang si Mr. Atienza ang alkalde hindi rin niya basta-basta maipaalis at mai-relocate ang oil facilities kung saan lugar pwedeng ilipat ito, at hindi rin ganoon kasimple ang sinasabi niya na alam naman niya. At alam din niya na tulad ng problema sa iskuwater na WALA RIN SIYANG MAGAWA O NAGAWANG PARAAN. At kung nais ni Atienza , ito ay sasabihin ni Erap sa mga taga Pandacan na karamihan ay nagtatrabaho sa planta at marami rin diyan ay iskuwater. HINDI TIYAK NA UTU-UTO AT SIRA ULO SI ERAP NA MAGALIT SA KANYA ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP AT ISKUWATER, SAMANTALANG YAN ANG MGA LUGAR NA BALWARTE NA INAASAHAN BOBO-TO SA KANIYA.

    >>>lahat ng sinasabi ni Mr. Atienza at kung sasabihin din ni Erap na ipatutupad niya yan nais ni Mr. Atienza yan ay ISANG KAULULAN AT KAGAGUHAN NA PROJECT AT PAGSASAYANG NG PERA SA KABAN NG BAYAN.

  • Luthmar

    Mayor Lim did a good job removing those extremely noisy and cheap bars in the bay strips. Those joints were removed because the residents complained a lot about the music blasting away and the cheap and vulgar comedies that the gays showed. And Atienza want them back? Go fly a kite Atienza!

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