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Jejomar Binay: Laguna Lake is environmental time bomb

Aug 2, 2018 @ 19:07

Former vice president Jejomar Binay said the Laguna Lake is an environmental time bomb.

Binay cited how two garbage-hauling companies allegedly conducted illegal reclamations on a part of the lake in Taguig City.

“According to the LLDA, IPM Construction and Development Corp. and Level Up Construction and Development Corp. have illegally reclaimed 47 hectares of the lake. The LLDA has ordered the closure of the sites, and have filed criminal and administrative charges against the two companies,” he said.

But the two firms supposedly said they just used the area as a parking lot for their garbage trucks.

“The LLDA claims that it has strong evidence — among them aerial photos and satellite images — to prove that these companies have been dumping garbage on an illegally reclaimed part of the lake in Barangay Calzada, Taguig, since 2012. The news reports added that these two companies are garbage contractors for Manila, Quezon City, Pasay, and Taguig,” Binay said.

“Expectedly, water tests showed high levels of toxic chemicals and fecal coliform in the lake water, prompting agency officials to consider a ban on fishing in the areas near the illegal dump site,” he added

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