Mayor Joseph Estrada apologizes for controversial Manila Bay clean-up drive

Mayor Joseph Estrada apologizes for controversial Manila Bay clean-up drive

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada enraged citizens after his controversial clean-up drive of Manila Bay became controversial on social media.

Mayor-erap

Photo via ABS-CBN

KAMI learned about his latest remarks from ABS-CBN and Trending News Portal.

The video of his clean-up drive caused outraged because it shows a staff member of the clean-up drive throwing pieces of trash on the clean area of Manila Bay so that the Mayor could pick up some of it for the photo-op.

When an ABS-CBN reporter asked Estrada about it, he explained that it was for publicity to raise awareness for the project to clean up Manila Bay.

As a response, netizens bashed the Mayor for the publicity stunt.

Mayor-erap

Screenshot from TV Patrol, ABS-CBN

Here are excerpts from Estrada’s apology:

"Inaamin natin na ang gimik ng pagtatapon ng basura sa Manila Bay para sa isang magandang programa ng paglilinis ay masasabing hindi angkop, subalit gusto nating ipaabot sa lahat na inaako ko ang naging pagkakamali sa paraan na ginawa ng aming mga kasamahan sa city hall.

"Hindi naman ito (cleanup drive) minsan lang natin ginawa bagkus ay naging bahagi na ng ating programa ang paglilinis ng lungsod dahil hindi naman maikakaila kung anong sitwasyon ang ating inabutan.

"Naninindigan ako na mali ang pagkakalat ng basura saan mang lugar o sa mga katubigan at ito ay pamantayan natin sa pamamahala mula pa nang tayo ay maging lingkod-bayan.

“Humihingi po ako ng dispensa sa ating mga kababayan sa nangyari at kalakip nito ay ang pangakong paglunsad ng lalo pang agresibong kampanya para linisin ang lungsod at ang Manila Bay.”

“Naninindigan ako na mali ang pagkakalat ng basura saan mang lugar o sa mga katubigan at ito ay pamantayan natin sa pamamahala mula pa nang tayo ay maging lingkod-bayan.”

KAMI admires the intention of the Mayor to raise awareness about the condition of Manila Bay and his decision to take responsibility for his mistake!

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