LOOK: Colmenares, progressive groups launch Manila Bay Watch
MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna chair and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and other militant groups staged a protest against the reclamation of the Manila Bay during the launch of an organization tasked to monitor the rehabilitation of the famed tourist spot.
Colmenares, along with Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, and Kadamay chairperson Gloria Arellano, were present during the launching of the Manila Bay Watch, a group formed by activists, environmental advocates, and fisherfolk which will scrutinize the government’s moves regarding the Manila Bay rehabilitation.
The protesters called on the people to defend the bay and asked the government to stop the reclamation projects.
Previously, lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc called for the suspension of the rehabilitation efforts because of the absence of a clear blueprint for the projects and a lack of assurance that the welfare of low-income families would be considered.
They maintained though that they are not against the move to clean the bay, which has been polluted due to human activities. /ee
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