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Trash, Water Hyacinths Brought By Rain To Manila Bay ‘White Sand’ Beach

MANILA BAY – The rains brought by Tropical Storm Pepito brought trash and water hyacinths over the ‘white sand’ beach of Manila Bay.

WATCH: As of 6:15 a.m., ganito ang sitwasyon sa bahagi ng Manila Bay kung saan nakatambak ang mga dinurog na dolomite. Dahil sa pag-ulan nitong mga nakalipas na araw, naanod dito ang mga basura at water hyacinth. | via @Isa_Umali | Twitter: @dzbb

The 500-meter stretch of coastline near the US Embassy in Manila was filled with sand made from tons of crushed dolomite boulders from the Visayas, according to a report from GMA News.

This drew flak from environmental groups, who say that the project focuses on aesthetics more than rehabilitation.

Environment Department Undersecretary Benny Antiporda has denied that the crushed dolomite has been washed out by the rain as claimed by the project’s critics. The government spent millions of pesos for the said material.

Antiporda said that what happened was that the black sands were “washed in” by the bay’s current, based on the report.

A video posted on Twitter by DZBB Super Radyo’s Isa Avendaño-Umali showed the said trash and water hyacinths that were washed ashore due to the prolonged rains caused by Pepito. The post said that this was the situation at 6:15 AM. You can check the said post here.

The post gained at about 63 retweets, and 92 likes. Here are some of the comments:

“Huwag mag alala. Ayon kay USEC Antiporda babalik din daw yan! Nag wash in lang ang black sand. Thinking face”

@ProDeoEtPatria7 on Twitter

“Sayang ang pera,magiging BASURA lang din”

@DCimacio on Twitter

“ang dolomite na po ang sumusuko sa kanyang mental health,nagsisimula nang mangitim ang kanyang bagaNail polish”

@pam_____c on Twitter

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