To borrow Maria Ressa’s words, the water shortage in Metro Manila has been effectively used as a weapon to put the Duterte government in a bad light.
Whether this is deliberate or not, that we don’t know.
But one thing is certain, crisis like this showed the public once again that we have a decisive President who knows exactly when to crack his whip to get results for the general welfare of the people.
In fact, Malacanang spokesman Sec. Salvador Panelo announced just today that President Duterte has issued an ultimatum to the MWSS, to demand the water companies to release water by noon today for 150 days. Otherwise, the President will personally give them a visit and hold the public official accountable for not following the President’s directive.
On the water shortage
The President is aware and concerned of the sufferance of the residents of Metro Manila due to the present water crisis.
The President is directing the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to demand from the Manila Water Company, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and other responsible offices to release water from Angat Dam by noon time today, March 15, good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents thereof.
Failure to act or comply with this directive, the President will personally go to them and make the responsible officers account for such failure.
Salvador S. Panelo
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
& Presidential Spokesperson
President Duterte’s decisive action on the water shortage issue has been well appreciated by netizens, who showred PRRD with praises and thank yous on Facebook.
Maria Teresa Notarte Yan ang presidente aware lahat sa nangyayari ultimo maliit na bagay na problema alam nya… sana lng lahat ng magiging presidente katulad ni pres. duterte sa totoo lang walang kayabang yabang si president duterte kahit pa Panay ang mura pero ok lang Kung ang minumura naman eh ung mga kriminal at kalaban nya na pilit binagbagsak ang pagka presidente nya.. basta nakakabilib lang Kung ung iba hnd bumibilib Ewan ko nlng… d baleng palamura na basta may malasakit…
Majoy Garcia this man gives me goosebumps..as always!
Ada Maradang Macmac Labyu tatay D!!!!!!!!!! So blessed having u!!!!!
Netizen Myrna Mallari Cunanan commented that past noon today, they already have water in District 5 in Manila.
Past 12noon today, meron na kaming tubig dito sa district 5, of Manila unlike previous day hangang labas lang ng bahay namin hindi pumapasok sa loob ng bahay ngayon hangang 4th flr meron na,sana tuloy tuloy na to. Thank you Mr. President.
Rich Caasi Kaya sayo ako PRRD. . Sulit talaga ang boto ko sayo gamit na gamit walang pagsisisi ..