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Walang pera pero pagpapaganda inuna! Robredo: Dumping of white sand on Manila Bay ‘insensitive’

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Vice President Leni Robredo slammed the government Sunday (September 6) over its misplaced priorities amid the controversial dumping of artificial sand on Manila Bay’s shoreline.

Robredo called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) project “insensitive” as there are more programs that need funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Parang napaka-insensitive na gagawin mo iyan sa height ng pandemic, na ang daming nagugutom. Ang daming naghihirap, gagawin mo iyong pag-beautify,” she said on her radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”

Robredo recalled that Malacañang shot down her suggestion to give P5,000 each to the poorest families at the height of the lockdown, saying the government didn’t have enough funds.

The Vice President urged the government to reallocate the budget for unnecessary expenses to projects that need immediate implementation. She noted that the President has the power to realign funds under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which is awaiting his signature.

“Sana ipakita natin sa tao na ginagamit natin nang wasto iyong pera ng taumbayan, kasi nasa pandemya tayo. Hindi ito biro,” Robredo said.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda has said that the project aims to make Manila Bay “swimmable” and bring Boracay’s vibe closer to Filipinos who have not been to the famous beach.

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