She also noted that people can now see where the taxes are going.
“Nung puro basura walang nagrereklamo ngayon na pinaganda… can you believe it? Ngayon sila nag reklamo? Ang hindi ko maintindihan is lagi natin hinahanap kung saan napunta yung tax na binabayad natin… ayan oh.. atleast yan nakikita natin diba. Tapos mah complain pa rin?” said Mariel.
Netizens took to Twitter to slam her comment. For instance, one netizen noted that Manila bay still has trash that needs to be cleaned.
Tanga ba talaga mga DDS? Si Robin given na, si Mariel din? 🤦🏻♂️
Madumi pa rin ang Manila Bay! May basura pa rin!
Nililinis na ba ng gobyerno ang Manila Bay sa paglalagay nila duon ng dolomite? Sa mga utak ba ng mga DDS, kapag may “white sand” na duon, malinis na yun? 🤦🏻♂️
— Inutil C. Digong (@EliasSimoun) September 22, 2020
Netizens also dared Mariel and Robin to swim in the waters of Manila Bay and to bring their children along with them.
Sige nga Mariel Rodriguez swimming ka nga sa Manila Bay
— steph ❀ (@knewbettersteph) September 21, 2020
One netizen also noted that people cannot appreciate the project because we are in the middle of the pandemic.
One Netizen also lambasted her reasoning, saying that the white sand is fake and that it damages Cebu’s natural resources.
What a narrow reasoning, Ms. Mariel Padilla. Masaya ka ba sa FAKE WHITE SAND? AT SA SINIRANG KALISAKASAN SA CEBU? You think, all this time people wanted trashes in Manila Bay? You really think that way? CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE YOURSELF RN?? B pic.twitter.com/y7R97wEHYD
— Shenshen (@shen2times) September 21, 2020
Human Rights Activist Francis Baraan IV noted that COVID-19 should have been prioritized over the beautification of the Manila Bay.
Mariel Padilla blasts Manila Bay Sand Project critics of Duterte Regime: "May complains pa rin."
SIYEMPRE. Kasi imbes na i-prioritize ang COVID19 na sitwasyon ng bansa, ang inaasikaso ARTIFICIAL BEAUTIFICATION OVER REAL MEDICAL SOLUTIONS.
Taasan mo naman standards mo, Mariel.🙄
— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) September 22, 2020
One netizen also noted that people would have appreciated it more if the taxes were used correctly in response to the pandemic.
Pinagsasasabi ng babaeng 'to? Iyong tax po namin, gusto namin magamit sa tamang paraan at sa mas kinakailangan ng bayan.
KAILANGAN BA NATIN NG WHITE SAND SA MANILA BAY SA GITNA NG PANDEMYA MARIEL PADILLA?!
Also, iyong pagnanakaw ng Philhealth ng contributions namin kamusta? pic.twitter.com/sdfkNappBb
— Barangay Queen x Mother Kepler (@InahEvans) September 21, 2020
Another netizen also noted that Mariel voiced out her opinion on Manila Bay but not on ABS-CBN shutdown despite her ties with the network.
pero minsan naaalala ko na lang yung mga artista ng abs-cbn na nakinabang sa kanila pero hindi pinaglaban yung kompanya. ngayon naman ang ingay-ingay tungkol sa manila bay????? i mean di ko naman sinasabing isa si mariel padilla roon pero parang ganon na nga
— Alyanna (@dlsrysalyanna) September 22, 2020
The white sand beach project only covers 500 meters of Manila Bay and solves its superficial issues. Experts say that the focus should be on solving the pollution around the area and to maintain cleanliness in Manila Bay.