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Palace warns of ‘drastic’ action on Metro Manila water crisis

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By Prince Golez

If concerned agencies have not addressed the repeat of water shortage in Metro Manila, Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte may take “drastic” action against them.

“If indeed they have not done anything despite the fact that there was a crisis before and now it’s being repeated again, then the President may consider that factor,” Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters Monday.

There is another pending water crisis in the metropolis as the water level of Angat Dam, the only source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, continues to drop.

Panelo believes the measures undertaken by the agencies to address the water interruption were not enough.

“Obviously, otherwise there would not be a looming crisis,” he said.

In March, Duterte met the officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the government agency in charge of water privatization, in Malacañang following the water shortage that hit some parts of Metro Manila.

The Chief Executive scolded the MWSS officials for their failure to anticipate such shortage and told them to “shape up or ship out.”

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