La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has already apologized for his claim that waters from the polluted Balili River are used to irrigate the capital town’s famous strawberries.
Magalong made the remark during a meeting with national government officials and BLISTT officials last January 10.
“Where do we get water for the strawberry farm? Sometimes, when we go strawberry-picking, when we see a really big strawberry, we eat it at once,” Magalong said.
Salda immediately debunked Magalong’s claim during the meeting.
“We have a source from the creek from Pico and Puguis but none from Balili River,” he said.
Salda later said Magalong apologized via text.
“Good afternoon, manong Romy, my apologies if you felt slighted with my pronouncement regarding Balili River and strawberry farm. I believe it was uncalled for. I will make amends,” Magalong stated in his text.