Duterte warns crackdown vs. polluters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to shut down business establishments out to damage the environment.

"I am going to dismantle your building or simply burn it down so we can have a new set up of environment-friendly -- whatever it (takes)," he said in his fourth State of the Nation Address Monday.

Duterte said this in light of the Manila Bay rehabilitation program. He created a task force in February to do the job.

"Though we have a long way to go, we are encouraged by the test results of the waters near Padre Faura. We will relocate informal settlers. I hope it can happen during my time," he said.

Earlier in the year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources found the 2,000-square kilometer bay to have extreme levels of coliform -- bacteria which indicate disease-causing organisms are present -- at 333 million most probable numbers per 100 milliliters (MPN/100 ml). The level safe for swimming is 100 MPN/100 ml.

The administration hopes the bay could be fully rehabilitated by the end of Duterte's term in 2022.