In order to keep Manila Bay clean, Manila’s squatter infestation needs to be eradicated

As long as the squatters remain where they are and are allowed to flourish, the Philippines will not reach its full potential as a business hub that finds favor in the eyes of foreign investors. No amount of volunteer cleanup initiatives will fix this underlying problem.

Squatters indiscriminately dump waste onto Manila’s waterways. In other words, the activities of the people squatting are foul. They have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others and have total disregard for the environment and welfare of other people.

Unfortunately, asking the squatters to move out and clear the areas they are currently occupying – near riverbanks, under the bridges, along the railroad tracks and behind economic and exclusive residential zones, is easier said than done. Aside from professional squatters who try to cheat the system, there are squatters who keep returning to squat near the cities because they say there is no livelihood in the relocation sites.

In short, it is evident that the problem of squatters in the Philippines cannot be solved by invoking ‘humanitarian’ appeal. The problem with the way things are done in the Philippines is that small misdemeanors get routinely tolerated. And then more and more of them get tolerated until the pile of little misdemeanors gets bigger and bigger.

Squatting is a huge social and economic problem in the Philippines, more so because squatters are protected by laws that make it difficult to remove them from properties they infest. The solution is clear. The rules must be enforced from the start and consistently applied to all. Squatters should not be exceptions.

Yellow Opposition now say cleaning Manila Bay is “easy”. Why didn’t PNoy do it?

Yellows are now saying it’s so easy to clean up Boracay and Manila Bay. Then why didn’t former President Noynoy Aquino do it? Perhaps Noynoy didn’t think it was that easy. He didn’t do much during his term except use public funds to bribe members of Congress and to fund his party’s election campaign.

I’m all for the reclamation of Manila Bay if it means permanently getting rid of the squatters currently occupying it illegally. Previous governments should have kicked them out decades ago. Instead, they allowed the problem to get worse. Now the leftists are “fighting” for their “rights”.

The problem with some yellows is they cannot think long term. Not all policies result in instant or overnight change. Some policies take years to take effect. Building or improving infrastructure can take a few years or decades to complete. At least there is initiative.

Yellows are suddenly so impatient to see change, but they were ok when Noynoy was doing nothing to fix the country. He couldn’t even do the simplest of things like cleaning up the environment. Now that there are infrastructure upgrade projects on-going in the country, yellows simply dismiss it.

Let’s say cleaning up Boracay and Manila Bay are the only obvious accomplishments of the Duterte govt, but they are major ones that can affect the way Filipinos think. Cleaning up the environment can help Filipinos be more conscious of the way they treat their surroundings.

Why cleaning Manila Bay is important to ALL Filipinos

Manila is not just a city. It is the seat of the Philippine government, and the cultural and financial capital of the country. If Filipinos are to take pride in being Filipino, they necessarily need to be able to take pride in their country’s premiere city.

The Philippine Opposition, unfortunately, are, as usual, going for the lowest common denominator in the “debate” surrounding the latest and more ambitious of initiatives conceived by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. Many decry it as being “audacious”. But then of course it is audacious. Is anything not audacious really even worth pursuing to begin with?

The cleanup of Manila Bay, an eyesore for decades, is one only a popular president like Duterte who enjoys vast political capital could pull off. Why not now then?

Perhaps it is best that the Opposition stand back for now and just simply watch if they are not up to the challenge of contributing. Indeed, that could actually be a pretty wily strategy for a vile bunch of people such as today’s Yellowtard-led Opposition. They can quietly sharpen their knives so they are ready to go for the jugular if this worthwhile initiative fails. In that sense, the Opposition’s best strategy is to bet on the failure of the Manila Bay cleanup. That comes easy for a group that is anything but a class act.

[Photo courtesy ABS-CBN.]