Aquino: 2 establishments to be charged for blocking waterways-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that two big establishments will face civil and criminal charges for blocking waterways in Metro Manila.
The Chief Executive disclosed this when he visited the evacuees in Mandaluyong Elementary School after he also went to two evacuation centers in Binan and San Pedro, both in Laguna.
He said that the recent calamity only gives his administration the "impetus to do what should be done."
"For instance, last night I followed up with (Justice) Secretary Leila (de Lima) the status of cases, those which impeded our waterways. Specifically, those can afford big establishments," he said.
"In the meantime, I won't mention those two companies because we are going to file civil suit and then criminal suit (against them)," the President said.
The end point of all of this, he said would be to demolish all illegal structures along waterways so that the water could flow well.
Aquino said that he was given an extensive briefer on the effect of the Southwest Monsoon rain and Tropical Storm "Maring."
He echoed the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) that there was an unusual degree of rainfall dumped in Metro Manila and nearby provinces the past days.
"The estimate was like the rainfall within these couple of days was equivalent to one month of rain," he said.
While it was saddening that eight people were already reported dead, the President said that it was "good news" that no one was isolated and all the affected families were reached by government's assistance.
He also hailed the cooperation of the people by evacuating earlier from the danger zones.
He added that it was reported to him that in Mandaluyong, some 80 families in danger areas would initially be relocated to a safer place by next month.
During his rounds on the evacuation centers, Aquino also distributed relief goods to the affected families. (SDR/Sunnex)