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Limited water supply in Metro Manila, Cavite C BY JORDEENE B. LAGARE


In its advisory on Tuesday, Maynilad said it started implementing water service interruptions on Monday and this might last until May 14. The West Zone concessionaire said it was forced to reduce water production in portions of ParaĂąaque City, Las PiĂąas City, Muntinlupa City and Cavite to deal with the “unusual algae proliferationâ€? in Laguna Lake. “The algal bloom was due to the warmer temperature brought

about by the mild El Niùo that we are experiencing right now. Excessive algae require additional cleaning and declogging of Maynilad’s two Putatan water treatment facilities,� it added. Maynilad treats raw water from the lake to its treatment facilities in Barangay Putatan, Muntinlupa City. Areas affected by water interrupTIONTHATMAYLASTFORTOHOURS include the following barangay (villages) in Muntinlupa City:

Alabang, Ayala Alabang, Bayanan, Cupang, Poblacion, Putatan, Sucat AND4UNASAN ANYTIMEBETWEEN AMANDAMOFTHENEXTDAY In Las PiĂąas City, affected areas are Almanza Uno, Almanza Dos, BF International/CAA, Pamplona Dos, Pamplona Tres, Pilar, Pulanglupa Dos, Talon Uno, Talon Dos, Talon Tres, Talon Kuatro and Talon 3INGKO ANYTIME BETWEEN  AM and 1 a.m. of the next day. Areas affected in ParaĂąaque City are BF Homes and Barangay San Antonio anytime between 5 a.m. ANDAMOFTHENEXTDAY In Imus City, affected areas ANYTIME BETWEEN  AM AND  p.m. include Anabu 1A to 1F, "AYAN ,UMA  TO   "UCANDALA TO #ARSADANG"AGOAND  Malagasang 1A to 1D, MalagaSANG '  -ALAGASANG # TO '  0ASONG "UAYA   0OBLACION !

TO #  0OBLACION !  0OBLACION !AND" 0OBLACION!TO$  Tanzang Luma 1 to 4, and Toclong 1A to 1C. In Bacoor City, water interruptions will occur anytime between 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Barangay Molino 1 to 4, Molino 7, Queens Row Central, Queens Row East, Queens 2OW7ESTAND3AN.ICOLAS “Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the water quality in Laguna Lake. We are likewise CONTINUOUSLYkNDINGWAYSTOOPtimize the limited water supply during this time,� Maynilad said. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.� Over the weekend, customers in these areas experienced intermittent water supply and that Maynilad provided tankering services to mitigate the impact of the reduced water production on those areas.

Surveys inspire me to work harder – Belmonte QUEZON City mayor Josefina “Joy� Belmonte vowed to work harder to be a better leader despite survey results showing her leading the mayoral race. “I thank all our constituents who do not cease in believing in my capacity as a leader. Surveys like this inspire me to work harder so that I can be the leader the people want — the leader who will bring development and progress to the residents of Quezon City,� she said. In the latest noncommissioned survey by independent research and data analytics company iSurvey, Belmonte garnered a strong 63-percent voter preference over Rep. Vincent “Bingbong� Crisologo and Ismael “Chuck� Mathay 3rd, who got 32 percent and three percent, respectively. The survey held from April 19 to 25 covered 15,000 registered voters, aged 18 and above from all districts of Quezon City. “I aim to bring progress and

Manila traffic rerouted for Labor Day protests

growth in our city, where all our constituents could benefit from various programs that we plan to implement if I’ll be given the chance to govern as mayor,� Belmonte said. She ticked off some of her planned projects — socialized housing, crime reduction, automated document processing, improved tax collection and better quality of education, among others. “Despite surveys that show that I’m leading, I always feel that [I] can’t be complacent about these things because anything can happen and any issues can crop up so we always have to be prepared,� Belmonte said. Meanwhile, the results of the vice mayoral race showed Councilor Gian Sotto, Belmonte’s running mate, leading with 44 percent, while his rivals Joseph Sison and Councilor Roderick Paulate garnered 30 percent and 19 percent, respectively.


THE Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) will reroute traffic in some parts of Manila on May 1 for the celebration of Labor Day. The group said vehicular traffic would be heavy in Morayta, Mendiola, Department of Labor and Employment office in Intramuros, Plaza Miranda, Liwasang Bonifacio and US Embassy. The MDTEU advised motorists coming from Legarda to turn right to Bustillos Street to their point of destination. If coming from P. Casal Street, the group said motorists should turn left to C. Aguila Street to point of destination. If on the eastbound lane of C.M. Recto, they should turn left or right to Rizal Avenue to point of destination. If on the westbound lane of Kalaw Street and intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, motorists are advised turn left to M.H. del Pilar, to point of destination.  If intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, they should turn left to P. Burgos Street to point of destination. 

The water level in Ipo dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan remained normal on April 30, the day Angat dam reached its lowest level this year — 178.95 meters. Ipo and Angat dams supply water to Metro Manila. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ



Villar, Poe ASTATISTICALRANKINGOFTHIRDTOSIXTHPLACESWITH percent voter preference rate, an improvement from fourth to sixth places. Behind her was former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong� Go, who with 40.8 percent was ranked fourth to eighth places along with Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny� Angara (40.4 percent). Both Go and Angara fell from their previous RANKINGS OF THIRD TO kFTH AND THIRD TO FOURTH  respectively. Completing the list of probable winners were FORMER SENATOR 2AMON g"ONGu 2EVILLA *R  PERCENT  kFTH TO NINTH PLACES  FORMER "UREAU OF #ORRECTIONSCHIEF2ONALDDELA2OSAPERCENT  kFTHTONINTHPLACES 3EN-ARIA,OURDES.ANCY "INAY  PERCENT  SIXTH TO NINTH PLACES  3EN !QUILINOg+OKOu0IMENTELRDPERCENT TH to 14th places), Ilocos Norte Gov. Maria Imelda *OSEFAg)MEEu-ARCOSPERCENT THTOTH PLACES FORMERSENATOR*OSEg*INGGOYu%STRADA PERCENT THTOTHPLACES !QUINOPERCENT  TH TO TH PLACES  AND %JERCITO  PERCENT  10th to 16th places). Pulse Asia said almost all of the probable winners were current or former members of Congress. Ten are running under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago coalition, one is an independent candidate and the other three are running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition, United Nationalist Alliance,


End of an era the royal couple, saying they had offered “courage and hope� to the Japanese people, particularly in times of suffering. g(IS -AJESTY HAS FULkLLED HIS RESPONSIBILITY AS the symbol of Japan,� Abe said. Despite near-constant rain in Tokyo, several hundred wellwishers congregated outside the Palace during the historic ceremony attended by around PEOPLE “I feel overwhelmed emotionally,� said a tearful Yayoi Iwasaki, a 50-year-old bank employee, standing outside the palace. “In the past, enthronements followed the death of emperors and people weren’t sure whether they should be happy and celebrating, but with this transition, I am sure that we can celebrate while welcoming the new era,� she said.

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and Liberal Party. &ORMERSENATOR3ERGIO/SMEĂ„ARDPERCENT  14th to 17th places), former senator Manuel “Marâ€? 2OXASNDPERCENT THTOTHPLACES FORmer presidential politial adviser Francis Tolentino PERCENT THTOTHPLACES WEREJUSTOUTOF the winner’s circle. OsmeĂąa placed 11th to 16th while Roxas ranked 11th to 17th in the March survey. Tolentino, who placed 10th to 16th in March, is now in 15th to 17th. Sought for comment, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the latest survey result was a proof of Duterte’s “strong endorsement appeal.â€? “Eh di ibig sabihin yung mga tao naniniwala kay Presidente. Naniniwala siya na ang mga tao na ‘yung mga in- endorse niya kailangan ni Presidente ‘yun para tumulong sa kanya sa pagbabangon sa ating bansa sa ilalim ng kahirapan, ng kaguluhan at nung anu-ano pa (It means that the people trust the President. The President also believes that the people know that he really needs those he endorsed to help him to lift the country amidst poverty, conflict, among others),â€? Panelo told reporters. 4HE0ULSE!SIASURVEYALSOINDICATEDTHATPERcent of registered Filipino voters showed support FORAFULLSLATEOFSENATORIALCANDIDATES The survey was conducted from April 10 to 14 through face-to-face interviews. Based on a multistage probability sample of 1,800 likely voters 18-years-old and above, Pulse Asia said the nationWIDESURVEYHASA•PERCENTERRORMARGINATTHE PERCENTCONkDENCELEVEL


stroke of midnight when Naruhito takes over and the new era of “Reiwa� — meaning “beautiful harmony� — begins, lasting for as long as he reigns. Earlier Tuesday, draped in ornate golden-brown robes and wearing a towering black hat, Akihito reported his abdication to his ancestors and Shinto gods at several sanctuaries in the palace. /N 7EDNESDAY  THE  YEAR OLD .ARUHITO WILL inherit the imperial regalia in a 10-minute ceremony that is off-limits to female royals, even his wife -ASAKO(EWILLSHORTLYAFTERWARDSMAKEHISkRST ADDRESSTOTHENATIONASITSTHEMPEROR Crowds were expected to gather to count down to the new era outside the palace and at the scramble crossing in Tokyo’s lively Shibuya district, although the drizzle threatened to dampen some of the enthusiasm. Security has been beefed up with extra police patrols on the streets, sniffer dogs scouring the palace grounds and even divers inspecting the moat. A more public enthronement ceremony will TAKE PLACE ON /CTOBER   DURING WHICH .Aruhito will parade through the streets of the capital and be congratulated by other world leaders and royalty. AFP

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