- The Justice Department said that all affected consumers can sue Manila Water for the water interruptions
- Manila Water announced that all of their consumers will be experiencing daily water interruptions that might last until May
- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Manila Water and Maynilad to release water from the Angat Dam
According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, affected consumers of Manila Water can file a complaint against the water service provider amidst the water shortage. KAMI learned that there should be evidence of Manila Water’s fault that can be presented to the court during the trial.
"If there is showing of fault or negligence on the part of Manila Water and if it is established that this crisis is caused not by natural causes or force majeure, then affected consumers may file damage suits individually," Guevarra said, as reported by the CNN Philippines.
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However, the consumers cannot file a class suit because the water interruptions in different places may vary as well.
KAMI previously reported that all consumers of Manila Water will be experiencing daily water interruptions that may last from 6 to 21 hours starting March 14 and 15. It has been reported that the daily water interruptions may last until May or until the end of summer season.
Manila Bulletin recently reported that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Manila Water and Maynilad to release water from Angat Dam effective today (March 15) that will last up to 150 days.
Failure to do so, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President will personally go to Maynilad and/or Manila Water to identify those who should be held accountable for the “artificial” water shortage.
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