Malacañang urges government agencies to comply with SC ruling on Manila Bay cleanup

August 24, 2009 9:45 am 

MANILA, Aug. 24 — Malacanang today urged all government agencies involved in the Manila Bay cleanup to strictly abide by the Supreme Court’s order and submit their report on what steps they have taken to comply with the December 2008 ruling.

Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez made this call during a press briefing at Malacanang after environmental lawyer Tony Oposa reportedly asked the Supreme Court to cite government officials, including six cabinet members, in contempt and jail them for failing to do their part in the Manila Bay cleanup.

Named as respondents were Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya and Education Secretary Jesli Lapus.

Golez, however, said that Malacanang cannot make hasty generalizations on the compliance of the government agencies involved in the Manila Bay cleanup unless the Palace gets their explanations.

Golez noted that this issue might be questioned by the President during the Cabinet meeting tomorrow.

“We all know that the President is environmentally-committed. In fact every Friday, the President’s schedule would always pertain to or reflect her drive on climate or environment matters. We would like to share this commitment to all government agencies involved in the Supreme Court ruling,” he said. (PNA)

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