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Trash Dumped In Manila Bay Used As 'Props' For Mayor's Cleanup Drive Photo

The whole encounter is caught on video.

"My God, is that a joke?"

This was what an ABS-CBN News reporter said when she saw a woman, who was supposedly part of a Manila Bay cleanup drive, dumping garbage into the water. The whole scene is caught on camera. You can view it after the 0:44 mark of ABS-CBN News' video.

In the clip, someone is likewise heard telling the reporter, "Cleanup po 'yan. Pupulutin po ulit para lang may photo (That's for the cleanup. [The trash is] going to be taken out again just so there's a photo)."

In any case, the woman seen dumping the trash seems to have been told—it's not really clear by whom—to do so in preparation for Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada's appearance. Apparently, Estrada had a scheduled photo opportunity, and someone had the idea of having him "help" in the actual cleanup so he would look "hands-on."

The ABS-CBN News team later asked Estrada if he knew about the garbage being dumped into Manila Bay. He replied: "For publicity, pero (but) we are serious in cleaning Manila Bay."

Meanwhile, Rosette Adel of the Philippine Star asked Atty. Sol Arboladura, director of Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau, about the cleanup drive. The lawyer explained, "This is spearheaded not by the city but by Rizal Park Hotel in cooperation with some government agencies such as the city of Manila."