Malacañang lauded Friday a Canadian firm for making the Philippines its first choice as dumping ground of toxic and hazardous waste materials.
“This is a signal honor for the Philippines under the tuwid na daan of President BS Aquino The Last. Among all the countries in the world, the Canadian firm picked the Philippines as the appropriate dumpsite of its garbage,” Malacañang said in a statement.
The Palace said this indicates the confidence of foreign governments in the Aquino administration to accept treasured garbage and expressed the hope that more firms from other countries would follow suit.
“Aside from the honor of being the first choice as dumping ground of toxic waste, the Philippines will also be earning foreign currency. May pera sa basura,” Malacañang said, while noting that the toxic waste materials could be recycled.
Meanwhile, environmentalist groups expressed alarm over reports that the Aquino administration had already approved the disposal in the country of toxic waste from Canada.
Lawyer Richard Gutierrez, executive director of BAN Toxics, said trade on toxic waste is an international crime.
“It is no different from dealing in illegal drugs, endangered species, and other forms of trade that the international community has deemed noxious. Why our government is even contemplating on accepting these illegal wastes is exasperating,” he said.
BAN Toxics was joined by EcoWaste Coalition, the Ang Nars party-list, Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Green Convergence, and the Ateneo School of Government.
Malacañang lashed at the environmentalist groups for being “panicky,” likening them to the critics of the administration whom the President had described as “incurable.” It said that like the critics, the environmentalists are “seeing ghosts where there is none.”
“To prove that there is nothing dreadful about the waste disposal, President BS Aquino The Last is even volunteering to have his residence in Times st., Quezon City as dumpsite,” the statement added.
When told that the Aquino property in Quezon City might not be big enough to hold the 50 container vans of toxic waste, the Malacañang spokesman said that the President would gladly have the rest of the toxic waste materials dumped at the family-owned Hacienda Luisita.
Contacted for comment by The Manila Times, the environmentalist groups said they are withdrawing their opposition as long as the toxic waste is dumped at Times street and Hacienda Luisita.
“We would even endorse its immediate implementation if the room of President Aquino in Malacanang is turned into a landfill site,” the groups said.
PNoy’s remedy to ease tension backed
President BS Aquino The Last revealed Friday the secret to his keeping cool despite the incessant denigration by what he called “incurable critics.”
“I smoke to calm my nerves. Smoking also enables me to relax after grueling work at the Palace,” he added.
His spokesman spoke glowingly of the President’s work ethic where he works from 10a.m. to 5p.m. every day except holidays.
“He even works on weekends sometimes!With such a busy schedule, worsened by critical articles, the President feels worn out at the end of the day,” the spokesman said.
He urged other busy-bodies to follow the example set by the President and smoke cigarettes as often as possible, even in public places.
“We know, the government is discouraging smoking and that smoking in public places is banned. However, the public should be more understanding of the unique situation of the President. Smoking is the only antidote to the frazzled body and nerves that he suffers from while in office,” the spokesman stressed.
The President’s “incurable critics” all agreed to lay off the President’s smoking habits and on his frequent coughing fits. They said that their approval of the President’s addiction to smoke should prove to everybody that they are not really incorrigible critics, that there are issues where they agree with him like his “cigarette therapy.”
“We would even recommend that the President smoke more. But if smoking won’t ease the tension in office, then we urge him to resign because we love him and we care for his health,” the critics said in a joint statement. -30-
Times’ 116th anniversary
Now, this is no longer a tale. I congratulate my beloved paper, The Manila Times, for celebrating its 116h anniversary today. I feel honored to have been in the employ of the oldest and one of the most trusted papers in the country.
It’s a bonus that I’m in the company of distinguished, hard-hitting columnists like Kit Tatad, Rigoberto Tiglao, Yen Makabenta, Ricardo Saludo, Marlen Ronquillo, Rick Ramos and Erwin Tulfo among others. Oh yes, there’s also Juan T. Gatbonton and Rene Bas with their thought-provoking commentaries. Boss Rene and JohnnyGat should be writing more columns if only their schedule allows it.