Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Usec. Benny Antiporda gave from his sickbed an ominous warning to the polluters of Manila Bay, saying he will be back.
Antiporda, the Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force (MBAPTF) chief, reminded the violators Friday, April 16 that DENR already knows who they are and that it’s only a matter of when they will get shut down.
“Doon sa mga violators na before the pandemic pa nabigyan ng notice of violations and cease and desist order na until now hindi nagko-comply, they need to act on it (For the violators that were given a notice of violations and a cease and decease order, and haven’t complied, they need to act on it),” he said.
“Or else they will face heavy penalties that they cannot imagine,” added Antiporda.
The DENR official was supposed to lead an operation against four such business establishments last March 22, on the occasion of World Water Day. However, it didn’t push through.
Then on April 6, Antiporda bared on Facebook that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 22, the day his team was supposed to swoop down on the Manila Bay polluters.
Antiporda remains under home care along with his wife, who also contracted the dreaded disease.
The MBAPTF chief underwent a re-test on April 8, wherein he tested positive anew. Despite this, he and his wife are doing fine.
Last Wednesday, April 14, the former journalist took to Facebook again to express his desire to get back to work immediately.
“Sabi nga ni doc… ‘As a reminder Benny hindi ka pa fully recovered it will take weeks or even months before ka makarekober mahabang pahinga pa ang kailangan mo.’ Hayzzz! Need to work na talaga (The doc told me… ‘As a reminder Benny you’re not fully recovered yet. It will take weeks or even months before you can recover. You’ll need a much longer rest. Sigh! Really need to get back to work),” he wrote.