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.

SJW “outrage” over Cove Manila balloon stunt a case of too little too fake

Filipino environmental “activists” are up in arms over a plan to drop thousands of balloons as part of an event to mark a “record-breaking welcome to 2019” for beach resort Cove Manila. An online petition set up to protest this activity asserts…

It’s 130,000 plastic/rubber balloons we are talking about here — at a single event. Chances are it will still be dumped in sites or eventually end up in the oceans.

One wonders, though: Where is the outrage over the banal everyday littering ways of Filipinos? To be fair, it is heartening to see that some of the more mundane slobbery of Filipinos are already being called out as evident in the recently-concluded outrage fad over the mess left by Christmas revelers at the Luneta.

Still, Filipinos remain renowned for their unsanitary ways as is evident in the overall general state of their big cities. Indeed, jeepneys, for example, continue to dump toxic exhaust fumes into the atmosphere with impunity yet manage to escape the eagle eyes of these Social Justice Warriors that are now raising a shrill stink about Manila Cove’s little soiree.