President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stood behind the dolomite beach project in Manila Bay of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, saying it produced beautiful results.

The P389-million beach nourishment project used crushed dolomite boulders, with Duterte saying in his final State of the Nation Address that the government could not think of a better alternative than dumping rocks.

“What is beautiful is beautiful, period. Dolomite is beautiful to the eyes, period,” he said in his Talk to the People address aired Thursday night.

Duterte claimed his administration was the only one willing to take the Manila Bay problem pollution problem “by its horns.”

“For so many years, you had every chance to do it. Was there anybody willing to take the problem by its horns? Si Cimatu lang. E ‘di magpasalamat tayo,” he said, referring to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

The project has been widely criticized due to its white sand being washed away easily whenever storms and heavy rains hit the metro.

The UP Marine Science Institute has said that the white sand dumping was a beautification effort that was only costly and temporary. John Ezekiel J. Hirro