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Manila Bay Advisory Committee welcomes new members

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Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has reconstituted the Manila Bay Advisory Committee (MBAC) that is tasked to monitor the cleanup of the Manila Bay.

Peralta announced this during the recent Manila Bay Task Force meeting that he already signed last December 19 the Supreme Court (SC) memorandum order for the reconstitution of the MBAC “in view of the retirement of most of its members.”

With this, Peralta who chairs the MBAC assured that the Committee remains committed in ensuring the cleanup of Manila Bay

“Concededly, this could take years, but this duty is ours in the present, and we will not relent,” he said.

The chief magistrate said the new members are SC Associate Justice Edgardo L. Delos Santos, and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, with SC Associate Justice Rodil V. Zalameda as Vice- Chairperson and Working Charperson.

“The Manila Bay Advisory Committee’s main function is to maintain the mandate of the continuing mandamus and to enable the Court to verify the reports of the government agencies tasked to clean up the Manila Bay,” Peralta said.

“The idea is not just to comply with this tall order, but to ensure that we are on track by way of periodic updates on our progress,” he added.

The MBAC was created in 2009 by then Chief Justice Reynato Puno after the SC after the SC ruled in the case of MMDA vs Concerned Residents of Manila Bay which, Peralta said, is considered “the cornerstone of most environmental cases in the Philippines.”

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