FALSE: Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected returned to Manila Bay
CLAIM: The Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected from Manila Bay returned to the site.
The website Dailypostholic.online has posted a video containing edited clips of Mocha Uson and pictures of a polluted Manila Bay, where the Makabayan bloc is seen protesting against the reclamation project.
The 4-minute video includes several photos of Manila Bay and video clips of members of the Makabayan bloc – left-leaning members of the House of Representatives – staging a rally against the reclamation project. They urge the administration to stop the clean-up drive until a clear rehabilitation plan is laid out.
Uson also appears in the video, criticizing the left-leaning group and saying that its proposal would hamper the initiative to address the prolonged problem in Manila Bay.
The same video has been shared by multiple personal accounts and pages on Facebook.
The video carries the disclaimer that it is “fan-made” and the creator does not own any materials used.
The Facts: The Makabayan bloc did not ask to have the garbage collected returned to Manila Bay. They only filed a resolution to "postpone" the Manila Bay rehabilitation, with provisions for the protection of marginalized sectors from the impact of the project.
Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate clarified with Rappler that their group does not oppose the rehabilitation effort.
"Ang panawagan ng Makabayan bloc at Bayan Muna ay walang reklamasyon sa Manila Bay. Sinusuportahan natin 'yung rehabilitation kasi kailangan i-rehabilitate talaga," he said in a phone interview.
(The Makabayan bloc and Bayan Muna are against the reclamation of Manila Bay. But we support the bay's rehabilitation, because that's really needed.)
But Zarate reiterated that the group is in favor of cleaning up the bay as the water pollution affects the livelihood of the local fisherfolk, including those who belong to the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas or Pamalakaya-Pilipinas.
The video embedded in the blog sites was uploaded to a YouTube channel owned by a vlogger named JM Nang. The post in his Facebook page has low engagement, but his YouTube video has almost 60,000 views and 660 comments as of this writing. – Glenda Marie Castro/Rappler.com
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