DOJ readying raps vs. people behind structures blocking waterways

July 24, 2013 10:23 am 

MANILA, July 23 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now readying charges against private individuals responsible for structures that are blocking the main waterways in Metro Manila.

Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima assured this Tuesday following the "marching orders" of President Benigno S. Aquino III in his fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) to clear the main waterways to solve the problem of massive flooding in Metro Manila.

De Lima said they will primarily hold liable those structures which are within the three-meter "buffer zone" as provided for by the Water Code and the Civil Code.

De Lima added they have uncovered some individuals even have lot titles within the "buffer zone".

She explained the waterways, including the "esteros" are properties owned by the public and cannot be covered by private property.

Likewise, De Lima said two cases will be filed by the DOJ in the next two weeks against said individuals.

Even the local government units, De Lima said, will be held liable for failure to perform their duty to implement the law.

Meanwhile, among the priority waterways of the DOJ are the San Juan River, Tullahan River, Estero Tripa de Gallina, Maricaban Creek, Manggahan Floodway, Pasig River, Estero de Maypajo and Estero de Sunog Apog. (PNA)

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